The Mental Health Act and Psychiatric Services Case Study by Cey

The Mental Health Act and Psychiatric Services
A case study of John's detention by the psychiatric services and discussion of his treatment in relation to the Mental Health Act and moral ethics.
# 45438 | 3,680 words | 35 sources | MLA | 2002 | GB
Published on Nov 05, 2003 in Medical and Health (General) , Law (General)

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This paper analyzes issues concerning the Mental Health Act and moral ethics using the fictitious case study of the involuntary admission to the psychiatric services of a patient called John. It provides an overview of the Mental Health Act (1983), the effects of compulsory admission and the key people in that admission.

The Mental Health Act and Effects of Detention
John's Treatment
For and Against Involutary Treatment of John
Nursing Duties Involved in Treating John Involuntarily
John's Best Interests and Confliction of his Wishes
Implications in Practice

From the Paper:

"The case of Sarah Lawson (The Guardian, 2001) showed that if someone is deemed to be mentally ill, and has insight into the illness and wishes to die, they can do so. This case involved a father assisting his daughter with her suicide because her mental illness impacted upon her physical health. However it is noted that this assisted suicide took place at their family home, not in hospital on a psychiatric unit. If there were to be an assisted suicide on the unit preformed by a member of staff to the case study John, this would be highly illegal and come into conflict with The Code of Practice (1999)."

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