If your loved one is either unable to keep themselves safe or is a danger to other people, then they can be detained under the Mental Health Act. This is commonly known as ‘being sectioned.’
As you can imagine – the legislation required to remove someone’s liberty is cumbersome and lengthy. The role and rights of carers within the act is laid out and it isn’t always as simple as it seems. Children under the age of 18 can be detained under the Mental Health Act and your rights of a parent can be overridden – for example, if your child is detained, you don’t have the right to demand their release and this can come as a shock. Understanding the legislation – at least the parts that affect you and your loved one – is essential.