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It can be scary being detained as an involuntary patient, you may feel alone and not sure what to do. Remember you have sôhkisiwin (strength) to overcome obstacles.
It can be scary being detained as an involuntary patient, you may feel alone and not sure what to do. Remember you have sôhkisiwin (strength) to overcome obstacles. Reach out to a trusted Elder, family member, friend, or community worker to give you support during this time. Remember, you are not alone.
What does it mean to be an involuntary patient? Basically, it means that a doctor, health professional, judge, police officer, or peace officer has the power to legally order someone with a mental illness to be detained in a hospital for examination without their consent. It's all covered under the Alberta Mental Health Act.
It's important to know your rights as a patient. For example, you have the right to know why you're being detained and what the Review Panel is. If you can't afford a lawyer, Legal Aid can help you out.
BearPaw Media and Education publication Your Mental Health Rights: Involuntary Patients explains what apprehension, admission, and detainment mean. We'll also cover what happens during the first 24 hours of detention and your rights while you're being detained. Remember, you have the right to speak up and get the care you need and deserve, so don't be afraid to do so.
For immediate help and support contact
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS LINES:
National Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419
Hope for Wellness Help 1-855-242-3310
Mental Health Help Line 1-877-303-2642 (Toll free
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 Text – 686868
Need legal support? Contact Legal Aid Alberta 1-866-845-3425