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Inpatient Care Resources

Printable guides to support you if you are going into inpatient care. Topics include: the different types of section, mental health tribunals, and how you can start difficult conversations.

Guides

What do the Mental Health Act sections mean? 

There are different types of section with different rules about how long you need to stay in hospital. This guide explains what each section means. 

Guide to Mental Health Tribunals

If you have been sectioned you can apply to b e released from hospital. This sort of application is called an appeal to the Mental Health Tribunal. 

Guide to Making a Complaint

If you find yourself in a situation which you don't think is right, or has upset you for any reason, is is important to let people know so they can help. This sheet will help you think about what to do next if you want to make a complaint.

Guide to Start Difficult Conversations

Not everyone finds it easy to speak their mind. Here are some ways you can start difficult conversations. 

Blogs

Five Things That Surprised Me About Being In Inpatient Care

What’s it like to go to hospital for your mental health? Tom shares his experience of being in inpatient care, and some of the positive experiences he had during a daunting and scary time.

How to Stay Connected as an Inpatient

When you become an inpatient, you might find yourself in hospital with little or no access to TV or the internet. One of our Activists describes how they managed to stay connected during their time in inpatient care.

My Experience of a Mental Health Tribunal

A mental health tribunal reviews the decision for you to be in hospital for your mental health under section. This is what it’s like to go through that process.

What Is A Mental Health Tribunal Judge And Panel?

If you are in hospital for your mental health under section and you don't think you should be, you can ask a Mental Health Tribunal to review the decision. Your case will be looked at by a judge and a panel. Judge Philip Westcott explains this process and what his role is as a judge.

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