Know Your Rights

When you are struggling with a mental health condition, it can be difficult to know what your rights are, or where to go for help. Here are some useful resources.

The Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Act is a piece of legislation that lays out in the law when someone is detained, or ‘sectioned’, because of their mental health, if they are deemed a danger to themselves and others.

This legislation covers the assessment, treatment and rights of people who are being detained because of a mental health disorder. It is important for you and your loved ones to be aware of your rights when being detained.

Find out more on the NHS website here.

Finances: Benefits and Debt

Struggling with mental health can mean managing money is more difficult, which in turn makes mental health worse. If you are having problems with debt, overdue bills and payments, or need help with benefits, there are several places who can help you, and let you know what your rights and options are.

Citizens advice: call 0800 144 8848 or visit They offer free, confidential advice on your rights, housing, finances, legal issues and more. Call 0800 138 7777 or visit They provide free and impartial money advice.