Mental Health Act Assessment

A Mental Health Act (MHA) Assessment may be appropriate under some circumstances

When will an assessment be appropriate?

  • Don’t request an assessment if there is an immediate risk of significant harm, dial 999 and ask for the Police or Ambulance.
  • An assessment will require some element of significant risk. Acting differently is not risky. There will be specific and identifiable risks of harm to themselves or to others.
  • Other options will have been tried first e.g. an appointment with GP, management of risk through the Crisis Team, attendance at the Retreat, assessment by Community Mental Health Teams.
  • There will be evidence of some kind of mental disorder, diagnosed or undiagnosed. Unusual beliefs or unwise decisions are not (necessarily) evidence of a mental disorder.

Assessments requests are passed to the Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP) Hub from: