Does the state of mental health crisis have any statutory definition provided by the Mental Health Act 1983 or any other piece of legislation in the UK?

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The term "mental health crisis" is often used colloquially but it has no legal definition that I can find. In fact, the word "crisis" does not appear at all in:

Mental Health Act 1959, the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, or the Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013.

The 1983 Act, being the primary legislation in this area, uses "mental disorder" which it defines at section 1 as:

...any disorder or disability of the mind

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