What rights do people have around treatment for mental illness?

Last reviewed June 2024 by the Clicklaw editors

Anyone who wants psychiatric help can ask to be admitted to hospital for treatment. In some situations, the BC Mental Health Act also allows authorities (such as a doctor or the court) to send people to the hospital even if they don’t want to go (involuntarily).

Helpful resources

Helpful service

  • Mental Health Law Program (Community Legal Assistance Society): This program provides legal advice and representation to people who are involuntarily detained under the BC Mental Health Act or who have custody or conditional discharge orders under the mental disorder provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada. Check their restrictions to see if you qualify.
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