Common Questions

What rights do people have around treatment for mental illness?

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 hospital even if they don’t want to go (involuntarily).

Good starting points to learn more about involuntary admission and the rights people have around treatment for mental illness include:

Services offered on the HelpMap include:
  • Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) has a Mental Health Law Program to represent people who are involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act or who have custody or conditional discharge orders pursuant to the mental disorder provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada. Check their restrictions to see if you qualify.

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Last reviewed January 2017
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