If you become unwell with a mental illness,
you may need treatment. Sometimes, when people are unwell, they are
unwilling or unable to give consent to treatment.
In some cases, you may be given treatment even if you do not
want it. This is called compulsory treatment.
There are strict rules about when this can happen. The rules are
different for different types of treatment and situations.
You can be given treatment without your consent in an emergency,
if it is urgent.
In some cases, you may be detained in hospital, or
For some types of treatment, like electroconvulsive therapy
(ECT) or artificial nutrition, there are special rules requiring a
second opinion from a specially trained doctor: a designated
medical practitioner (DMP). These treatments have safeguards.
If you need long-term treatment, you may be subject to a compulsory treatment
The law contains safeguards to protect your rights. For example,
you have a right to appeal against being detained, and compulsory
treatment orders must be approved by a tribunal.
You can also consider writing an advance statement,
explaining the sort of treatment you would like to receive. This
will be taken into account if you need treatment in future.
Most people will understand that compulsory treatment means they
do not have a choice. In some cases, it may be necessary to use
If you are in hospital for compulsory
- force can only be used if necessary.
If you are in your own home:
- force cannot be used to give you treatment.
If you are on a compulsory treatment order in the
- you can be taken to hospital and force can be used.
If you are unhappy about the use of force in your treatment, you
can complain. Your named person or independent advocate can help