The Mental Health Act 1983 - other resources

Here you will find a list of other useful organisations that may be able to provide you with further information on the Mental Health Act 1983.

Civil Legal Advice

0345 345 4345 (Monday–Friday, 9am–8pm)

Civil Legal Advice (CLA) can advise people about legal aid. CLA can also help people find a solicitor who works under legal aid.

Law Centre NI

028 9024 4401
[email protected]

Law Centre NI provides free legal advice in specific areas of law including health and social care.

The Law Society

020 7242 1222 (general enquiries, Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm)
See the contact form on the website.

The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales. It provides details about law firms and solicitors who practise in England and Wales. It also provides information about legal specialisms and fees, as well as tips about what to ask and what to expect from a solicitor.

Mental Health Foundation

020 7803 1100
See the contact form on the website.

Mental Health Foundation provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live. It provides a wide range of information through its publications and website.


0300 123 3393 (Infoline, 9am–6pm, weekdays)
[email protected]

Mind is a mental health charity that publishes information on all aspects of mental health. It also provides a range of support through 200 local associations.

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927 (Monday–Friday, 9.30am–4pm)
[email protected]

Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that provides advice and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through its helpline. It also provides direct services and support groups.


0300 304 7000 (Helpline, 4.30pm–10.30pm, every day)
[email protected]

SANE is a charity that works to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness. Through its helpline it gives help and information to people who are experiencing mental health problems, their families and carers.

Other information

Last reviewed: October 2019
Next review due: October 2022

Our information is based on evidence and need, and is regularly updated using quality-controlled processes. It is reviewed by experts in health and social care and people affected by dementia.

Reviewed by: Natalie Lee, senior social worker, Approved Mental Health Professional and Best Interests Assessor, and Irene Chenery, consultant, Harrison Drury Solicitors and member of Solicitors for the Elderly

To give feedback on this information, or for a list of sources, email [email protected]

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