Your rights and responsibilities

The Mental Health Act is the main body of law that governs the care, treatment and control of a mentally ill or mentally disordered person and other matters relating to mental health.

The Act, in principle, is designed to protect the rights of individuals by ensuring that someone who is experiencing a mental health problem receives the most effective care in the least restrictive environment. Any restrictions of liberty or rights that impinge on a person's dignity are to be kept to a minimum.