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If you are considered a danger to yourself, or to other people, you can be detained against your will on a Section according to the Mental Health Act 1989. 

This does not mean that you will always be detained against your will. In the UK, you are unlikely to be detained if you are considered to be thinking and acting in a calm and rational manner. 

Different Sections are for different lengths of time and have different requirements. We will briefly describe the most common, and recommend that you look up the Mental Health Act should you require further information. MIND have some very useful legal documents listed on their website, http://www.mind.org.uk/Information/Legal/index.htm

Section 4 

Section 2

Section 136

Section 135


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