[UPDATE (JULY 2023): The rights materials on this site are out of date. Please read our blog post to learn more.]
Small poster in the clinical context
The small “Your Rights under BC’s Mental Health Act” poster has only a very basic statement of the Mental Health Act rights. It is meant not to fully inform patients but to tell them that they have rights and to seek out more information if they want it.
The poster refers patients to the pamphlet for further information, and hospitals may want to have pamphlets readily available when patients ask for them.
Small poster for viewing and printing
Download a PDF of the small poster:
View the poster (click to enlarge):
Hard copies of the small poster
Our project funding has allowed us to print a small quantity of the poster, which we can send to hospitals and mental health teams on a first come, first served basis for the cost of shipping. Please contact us for details.
Once the first printing runs out, we can still print on your behalf but will invoice for both printing and shipping costs.
Instead, we encourage you to send the print-ready digital file above to a local commercial printer and order the quantity that you need.
Small poster text
The text of the small poster is given here so that it can be read by screen readers like VoiceOver (Mac) or JAWS or NVDA (PC). Screen readers help people with print disabilities, language learners, and people who may prefer hearing the text rather than reading it.
[Beginning of poster text]
Your rights under BC’s Mental Health Act
If you’ve been certified as an involuntary patient under the Mental Health Act, you still have rights.
You have the right:
- •to know where you are
- •to know why you’ve been certified
- •to be examined by a doctor to see if you still need to be in the hospital
- •to ask for a review panel hearing to challenge your certification
- •to ask for a second medical opinion from another doctor about your psychiatric treatment
- •to speak with a lawyer
Learn more about your rights
Ask a nurse for a copy of Form 13 or a “Your Rights under BC’s Mental Health Act” pamphlet, which has more details about each of these rights. [Image of the front of the pamphlet]
[End of poster text]
- full colour
- 11″ wide × 8.5″ tall