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Social care, mental health and your rights

Find information about social care support, how to access mental health and physical health assessments, and your rights under the law.

Top tasks in Social care, mental health and your rights

  • Mental health and the law

    Find out about how the law affects your mental health rights, including:

    • how the law can help mental health care
    • sectioning and detainment
    • mental health capacity and consent
  • Getting help from social care

    Get information about how social care can support mental health, including:

    • how to receive social care
    • information on different types of social care
    • benefits of social care
  • Help for carers

    Get tips and support for mental health carers, including:

    • advice for carers in challenging situations
    • finding support for your own mental health
    • benefits and financial support
  • How to access mental health services

    Find out how you can get mental health support through the NHS, including:

    • how mental health referrals work
    • your right to choose who helps you
    • waiting times for appointments
  • Mental health assessments

    Find out how mental health assessments work, including:

    • your rights and choices
    • how to get a second opinion
    • what to do if a service or treatment is not working for you
  • Annual health checks for people with severe mental health conditions

    Find out how GP annual health checks work, including:

    • who is eligible
    • choosing where to have your health check
    • what to do if you need additional support