Advocacy

The Mental Health Association is a strong advocate for persons with mental illness and their families. The program responds to:

Persons with long-term mental health problems have the right to appropriate care, treatment and rehabilitation within the least restrictive environment. They have the right to remain in their own community whenever possible.
Government, caregivers, the voluntary sector and individuals must work together to improved quality of life for mental health consumers.
Continuing public education is necessary to sensitize society and to fight the stigma of chronic mental illness.
Some of the following areas of concern are brought to the Advocacy Committee for assistance:
You or your family member have been unsuccessful in accessing appropriate care
You are having financial difficulties due to mental illness
You cannot afford your psychiatric medications
You are experiencing legal problems due to your mental illness
You have been asked to vacate your apartment
Your healthcare provider is not meeting your needs