Aaron Lennon has been detained under the Mental Health Act by police who were concerned for his welfare.
Officers picked up the Everton midfielder on a busy road in Salford – close to the M602 – on Sunday afternoon.
Police were called to the scene after concerns were raised about Lennon, 30, and reportedly negotiated with him for 20 minutes before taking him to hospital.
The Mental Health Act is the law which sets out when you can be admitted, detained and treated in hospital against your wishes, as per www.rethink.org.
To be sectioned, certain people must agree that you have a mental disorder that requires a stay in hospital.
It must also be confirmed that either your own or somebody else’s safety is at risk.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police told MailOnline: “Police were called at around 4.35pm on Sunday, April 30, 2017 to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man.
“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.”
An Everton statement has since reported that the former Leeds player is “receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness”.
Section 136 explained
- Section 136 is part of the Mental Health Act. This is a law.
- The police can use Section 136 when you are in public. They can hold you where you are. Or take you to a place of safety. Police can use this section if they think you have a mental illness and you need care or control.
- A place of safety could be your home, your friend’s or relative’s home, a hospital or a police station. The police can move you from one place to another.
- You should get a mental health assessment whilst on this section.
- Medical examiners can keep you on this section for up to 24 hours. This can be extended for 12 hours.
- After your mental health assessment you may be discharged. Or you may stay in hospital under a different section of the Mental Health Act.
- Under Section 136 you have the right to be told why you have been detained, get legal advice, ask the police or hospital to tell someone where you are and get mental health treatment.
- You can’t be taken from your home under Section 136. But you can be under S135.
Thoughts with Lennon and those closest to him at this time.