The Child, Youth, and Reproductive Mental Health programs at BC Children’s Hospital have launched a new education module about the Mental Health Act with a pediatric focus.
A CME-accredited version of the module for health care providers is available on the Learning Hub.
A new Mental Health Act Toolkit is available to the wider public at healthymindslearning.ca.
“Through collaboration with experts in mental health at BC Children’s Hospital and with input from patients and families with lived experience, this resource was developed primarily for health care providers admitting children and youth under the Mental Health Act,” says Angela Olsen, project manager at BC Children’s Hospital and Child Health BC. The team also created tools to support children, youth, and their families as they navigate the admissions process.
Olsen encourages people to share these tools widely among professionals who work with children and youth who are admitted under the Mental Health Act. If you have questions or feedback about these resources, contact her or Brittin Oakman.
BC Children’s Hospital has launched an interactive video to help youth and their families better understand what it means to be certified under the Mental Health Act. The video explains:
- what the Mental Health Act is,
- what the criteria are for involuntary hospitalization,
- what rights a young involuntary patient has under the Mental Health Act,
- how long a young patient might stay in hospital,
- what happens after decertification,
- what roles various healthcare providers play in the young patient’s care and treatment, and
- how a young patient can participate in their own recovery by expressing their opinions and asking their treatment team questions.
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The unmet need
In a series of focus groups, members of our research team asked clinicians about the barriers they face when giving involuntary patients rights information. One barrier participants mentioned over and over was that many of their patients didn’t understand English.
Form 13, the document clinicians use to to tell patients about their rights, seems to be available only in English.
Translated rights materials
To help fill the gap in availability of Mental Health Act rights information in other languages, we’ve translated:
into eight of BC’s most commonly spoken languages other than English:
- Chinese (Traditional and Simplified)
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In response to clinician demand arising from our rights information sessions, some members of our team are working with clinical staff to develop a LearningHub module about Mental Health Act rights so that healthcare providers across BC will have access to our content.
To make sure we address clinicians’ most pressing questions about Mental Health Act rights, we’re reaching out!
Questions can be about:
- the Mental Health Act rights themselves
- your obligations under the Mental Health Act to give rights information
- the rights-notification process
- Forms 13 & 14 and other rights information tools
…or any other concerns related to Mental Health Act rights.
If you’re a nurse, social worker, physician, or other healthcare provider who works with the Mental Health Act and are wondering about any rights-related issues, please contact us with your questions by December 20, 2018.
Translations are coming!
The Legal Services Society has generously agreed to fund the translation of our
- wallet card, and
- video captions
into three languages of high need in British Columbia:
- Traditional Chinese (we will use this as a basis to make Simplified Chinese available as well, localizing the language as needed),
- Punjabi, and
UPDATE (November 9, 2018): We will also be translating the materials into
- Spanish, and
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Vancouver Coastal Health has approved a VCH-branded version of our rights materials for its Patient Health Education Materials Resource Catalogue.
Anyone, including members of the public, can find PDFs of these materials by searching the catalogue for “Your Rights under BC’s Mental Health Act.” VCH staff can order printed copies through the printing services website.
The materials are also branded with the Providence Health Care logo and can be ordered by PHC staff.
Beyond asking us to add logos, VCH also asked us to make a black & white version of our pamphlet to save on printing costs. We’ve made such a pamphlet available, but we urge staff to order colour pamphlets if possible: many participants in our user testing specifically asked for our documents to have colour, and colour would make the pamphlet more memorable among the many black & white forms that involuntary patients see when they are first hospitalized.
This blog is an informal place to talk about patients’ Mental Health Act rights. Posts take a closer look at an issue related mental health rights, especially in BC, and are written by patients and people with lived experience, care partners, clinicians, legal experts, and researchers.
This content has not been reviewed for legal accuracy and should not be considered legal advice.