Monday, August 30, 2010

Some sanity in mental health issues in Ontario (pun intended)

It just seems like common sense to me. If you can't reason, you can't consent. If you're a danger to others and to yourself, you should be admitted.

The all-party committee heard from an anguished family trying to help a son who believed he could stop moving cars just by touching them; and it heard about the suicides of loved ones who did not receive the help they needed. Their report, released last week, concludes that provincial mental health legislation permits “excessive and unnecessary suffering.” That cannot continue.

Current laws place such a high value on consent that people cannot be involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric facility until they are so physically dangerous to themselves or others that they can be arrested for it. Even then, they can still refuse treatment.

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