What does it mean to be sectioned?

To be sectioned is to be detained through a compulsory order for the safety of yourself and/or others. A diagnosis of a mental health condition must be given with the sectioning.

How long can I be sectioned for?

Excluding the Community Treatment Order a person can be sectioned from as little as 8 hours with Nurse Holding to 6 months with a Treatment Order in an inpatient unit.

A Community Treatment Order can be issued after the inital 6 month sectioning with a Treatment Order which can be renewed after 6 months and each 12 months thereafter. 

Who can section me?

Why am I being sectioned?

You will be sectioned if you are showing signs of suffering from a mental health condition that warrants detention for a limited period and/or if you need to be detainted for your own safety or the safety of others.

Do I have the right to a second opinion?

Yes - A second opinion can be made through a Responsible Medical Officer or your GP. 

Am I entitled to be represented?

Yes - A patient has the right to choose a person whom they wish to act in their interests and with whom they give consent for information about their care and treatment to be shared. 

These can include: A family member, carer, friend, neighbour or clergyman etc.

Can I refuse treatment?

Yes - Unless you no longer have the capacity to refuse treatment or give consent for said treatment.

How can I appeal against a sectioning?

An appeal can be made through the Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel. This consists of 3 people: the Chair (a qualified legal practioner), an independent Consultant Psychiatrist and one lay member. 

What can I expect from the inpatient ward?

The inpatient ward is seen as a safe environment for which a detained person can receive the relevant treatment for their mental health condition. 

How can I make a complaint about my treatment?

Complaints are made through the Mental Health Law Administrator or through Guernsey Mind (See Contact Us)