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’s Mental Health Act has been in the news a few times over the past several weeks. Here are some rights-related highlights:
Should the Mental Health Act be used to detain youth with substance use disorder?
At a BC coroner’s inquest into the overdose death of 16-year-old Elliot Eurchuk, pediatrician Dr. Tom Warshawski testified that he supports using the Mental Health Act to treat young people for substance use disorder against their will. Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.’s former provincial health officer, told the inquest that there’s not enough evidence that involuntary treatment would prevent deaths and improve health outcomes. Continue reading “Mental Health Act news roundup”
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.
Continue reading “New Mental Health Act video for youth in BC”