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The New Mental Health Act
1 Some terms used in this guide
2 What are the principles for?
3 What do the principles say? Take your past and present wishes into account Make sure you get the information and support you need to take part in decisions Take the views of your carer, named person, guardian or welfare attorney into account Look at the full range of options for your care Give you treatment that provides maximum benefit Take account of your background, beliefs and abilities Make sure that any restrictions on your freedom should be the minimum necessary in the circumstances Make sure that you are not being treated less favourably than other patients Your carers' needs are taken into account and they get the information and support they need to help them care for you Take special care of your welfare if you are under 18 years of age.
4 What can I do if I don't think the principles are being applied to my care and treatment?
5 Further information contacts
7 Other guides in this series
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