I don't want compulsory treatment
Receiving compulsory mental health treatment can be lonely and distressing. It is important to know that even if you are on a compulsory treatment order, you do have rights and options.
A treatment order lets a hospital or mental health clinic give you treatment even if you don’t want it. There are different types of treatment orders. The main difference is where you are treated:
- community treatment order – a community treatment order lets a service give you compulsory treatment while you are in the community
- inpatient treatment order– an inpatient treatment order means that you must stay in hospital while you get compulsory treatment.
Decisions about compulsory treatment orders are usually made by a psychiatrist in a public clinical mental health service or the Mental Health Tribunal.
The Mental Health Tribunal makes decisions about treatment orders and whether people can receive elctroconvulsive treatment.The tribunal is independent, and not part of a hospital or clinic .
Even if you are on a compulsory treatment order, you do have rights.
When the Tribunal is deciding whether you need an order or not, it will look at four criteria. To be on a treatment order, you must meet all four criteria:
- you have a mental illness, and
- because of your mental illness you need immediate treatment to prevent serious deterioration in your mental or physical health or to prevent serious harm to you or another person, and
- the proposed treatment will be given to you if you are put on a treatment order, and
- there is no less restrictive way, reasonably available, for you to get treatment that is needed.
You must be given a copy of your treatment order and an explanation of what the order says. On the order the psychiatrist must show why you need to be on a treatment order.
You have the right to a second psychiatric opinion. The psychiatrist will assess two things:
- whether you meet the four criteria to receive compulsory treatment
- whether your treatment needs to change.
Appeal to the mental health tribunal
Find out why are you on an order
If you haven't been given a copy of your order, you can ask any staff member for it.
You can ask for a meeting with your psychiatirst to ask why you are on a treatment order.
Get a second psychiatric opinion
You can ask for an internal second opinion from another psychiatrist at the mental health service.
Now that you have read about your options, please choose the ones you want to try. These will be put into your plan that you can print out or download.
Reviewed 25 August 2023