Sometimes people who have mental health problems are treated worse than other people or harassed because of their mental health condition. This is called discrimination and, if you experience it, you may have a legal right to challenge it.
- The Equality Act 2010 is the law that gives you the right to challenge discrimination.
- The Equality Act protects you if you are discriminated against by employers, organisations that provide services and public functions, education providers (like universities and colleges), organisations that sell or manage property and private clubs and associations.
- There are short timescales for taking a legal claim if you believe that someone has discriminated against you. You should always get legal advice if you want to do this.
- This guide covers disability discrimination from the point of view of a person with a mental health problem.
- This guide applies to England and Wales.
- This guide contains general legal information, not legal advice. We recommend you get advice from a specialist legal adviser or solicitor who will help you with your individual situation and needs. See Useful contacts for more information.
- The legal information in this guide does not apply to children unless specifically stated.
This information was published in January 2015. We will revise it in 2017.