Frequently asked questions

Are your rights materials available in languages other than English?

Yes! Our pamphlet, wallet card, and video captions are being translated into eight of the most common languages other than English that are spoken in BC. Some languages are available now, and we are working on the others.

Are your rights materials available in large print?

Not at the moment. We have made all of the materials available electronically so that readers can zoom in to enlarge the text on desktop computers and tablets. We have also provided the text so that it can be read by a screen reader.

Do you have materials to help children, youth, and families understand their Mental Health Act rights?

Our project budget and scope covered only materials for adults, so we don’t have resources specific to children, youth, and families, unfortunately. Creating such resources would certainly be a worthwhile project, and if you could secure funding for it, we would love to partner with you.

Our materials are in plain language and should be understandable to people who read English at a grade 6 level. You are welcome to try using them with children and youth, while highlighting differences in the way the Mental Health Act applies to people under the age of 16.

I’m a person with lived experience. Where can I find a print copy of your rights materials?

If you get services from a hospital or mental health team, ask the staff for a copy of the pamphlet or card. If they don’t have any, direct them to this site and suggest that they order some. Feel free to contact us and tell us which hospital or mental health team you’ve talked to about carrying the materials so that we can reach out to them. We are happy to give them information about why these materials were developed and how staff could use them in clinical settings.

Right now we don’t have the budget or capacity to send out print materials to individuals, but we hope to work with health authorities, community groups, clubhouses, and libraries to reach as many people as we can. Contact us to let us know where we could be doing more outreach.