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Mental Health


Includes information about laws related to mental health and the rights of people in mental health facilities. Includes information about laws related to mental health and the rights of people in mental health facilities. For more mental health services, visit our comprehensive list of Counselling Resources for Persons with Precarious Immigration Status.

What the client may say:
  • "I’ve been told that I can’t leave a psychiatric unit or hospital."
  • "I’ve been told that I’m not capable of making decisions about my own care or finances."
  • "I want to change the information that is in my mental health record."
  • "I don’t want my family member to make decisions about my mental health medications any more."
  • "I wasn’t allowed into the United States because of my mental health record."
  • "I had a schizophrenic episode and the police were called. I’m worried that the police record will stop me from getting a job."
  • "I don’t want to be placed into psychiatric care again, even though I know I’m getting sicker."

Legal Services

Law Society Referral Service

Provides the name of a lawyer or paralegal who best fits a person’s stated needs. The service is not designed to provide legal advice or second opinions.

Legal Aid Ontario Client Service Centre

Provides legal aid services to eligible persons. Eligibility is based on financial, and legal factors.

Ottawa Legal Information Centre

Offers legal information services, such as general explanations regarding the law and other legal topics, and is not authorized to provide legal advice or legal assistance.

Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office

Provides patient advocacy and rights advice services as well as systemic advocacy and public education 

·         Assists patients with resolving individual or systemic issues 

·         Seeks to resolve issues that are impacting patient rights and entitlements 

·         Provides rights advice services 

·         Offers public education through speaking engagements

Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social representation is provided. Provides lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer.

Other Services

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Office

Provides & coordinates mental health service for people with a severe & persistent mental illness who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, including Court, Hospital & Housing Outreach.

Patient Representative - Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Ensures that patients have timely access to specialized mental health services and that treatment is tailored to individual patient needs.

Steps to Justice