The Mental Health Act and You Brochure
“Information is power, it is hoped that the information contained in this brochure can assist consumers to feel empowered when they are, have been or are likely to be assessed and or treated under the Mental Health Act. Thanks to the ADHB for supporting this initiative which addresses a real need in the consumer community”
The need for the brochure in the ADHB came about in the District Inspectors Meeting as we were reviewing the information given to mental health service users (consumers) when they are being assessed and or treated under the Mental Health Act. The task was given to the Consumer Leadership Team to develop the information brochure for consumers. Comparisons were made with other District Health Boards and the brochure was developed in collaboration with the District Inspectors, ADHB staff and the Changing Minds Reference Advisory Group.
The posters and brochures are going to be distributed in ADHB mental health and addictions wards. All other staff in ADHB will be able to access the brochure and posters through the website. This is particularly important if people come from physical health and end up being placed under the Mental Health Act from physical health.
When developing the brochure it became apparent that there was a lack of consumer friendly information about the Mental Health Act and that the lack of information is a significant issue for the consumer community. Consumers have often expressed at recent forums that they would like more information about the Mental Health Act particularly about what their rights are.
This ‘collaborative model’ is a first. The Consumer Leadership Team is a relatively new contract which is designed to involve consumers at a strategic level in ADHB. This brochure is a direct reflection of consumer input at a strategic level.
Compulsory Treatment orders for the ADHB – 558, (23.1%) are Maori.
Vision: Better information for Tangata Whai ite ora about the Mental Health Act.
Mission: Every person who is assessed and treated under the Mental Health Act in ADHB has access to empowering information.
Ma te whakatau, ka mohio
When we are shown, we come to know
Ma te mohio, ka marama
When we know, we come to understand
Ma te marama, ka ora ai tatou
When we understand, we all achieve wellness