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Aaron Lennon Detained Under the Mental Health Act

Premier League footballer Aaron Lennon has been detained under the Mental Health Act by police amid concerns over his welfare.

The Everton winger and England international has since been taken to hospital “for assessment” after police were called to Salford on Sunday. 

Everton FC has outlined that he is now “receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness”.

Greater Manchester Police have since released a statement saying: “Police were called around 4.35pm to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man on Eccles Old Road.

“Officers attended and a 30-year-old man was detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act and was taken to hospital for assessment.”

News of Aaron Lennon’s admission has lead to strong support being shown on social media from various people including high profile sportsmen Frank Bruno, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and Stan Collymore.

Cartwright King Director and Head of Mental Health, Alison Ward, explains what the Mental Health Act is and the potential procedure Aaron Lennon may be taking:

“Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 as amended (the MHA), allows the police to remove a person from a public space to a place of safety.

“Now that Aaron is in hospital it looks as though he has been detained under section 2 of the MHA for assessment or assessment followed by treatment. This allows him to be detained for up to 28 days. During that time he can receive treatment for symptoms of mental disorder against his wishes. He has a right to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) – the MHT, in the first 14 days, if he disagrees that he needs to be detained under the Act. This could be the case if he agrees to stay “informally” or if he wants to go home. 

“If he needs treatment in hospital for a longer period, before the 28 days expires he can be assessed for detention under section 3 of the MHA for initially up to a further 6 months. His Nearest Relative under the MHA can however object to this admission, and Aaron would be able to make a fresh appeal to the MHT if he disagrees with the decision to detain. 

“In the case of detention under Section 2 and Section 3, Aaron would have to be assessed for admission by 2 psychiatrists or “registered medical practitioners” who would have to agree that it was necessary that he was detained.”

With Mental Health Awareness Week taking place between 8th - 14th May 2017, Aaron Lennon’s case highlights the importance of mental health and the support that can be provided.

If you have been detained under the Mental Health Act, please feel free to contact our Mental Health department on either 0808 168 5550 or

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