Common QuestionsWhat 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:
- Hospitalizing a Mentally Ill Person, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, has information about voluntary and involuntary admission to hospital.
- LSLAP Manual: Mental Health Law, from the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program, has a section on consent to treatment related to mental illness.
- 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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