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Mental Health

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.

Some indicators of legal issues

What the clients 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 and Information

Records for Mental Health
Title Description
Ontario Legal Information Centre COVID-19 (May 7, 2020): Centre will no longer offer its services in person for the time being * legal information services remain available by telephone…
Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region Distress line confidential telephone listening and crisis intervention service educational services are available to schools and community groups on a variety of topics including suicide…
Reach Canada - Equality and Justice for People With Disabilities - Reach Canada - Equality and Justice for People With Disabilities COVID-19 (July 12, 2021): Reach's Legal Referral program is accepting calls from clients with disabilities in Ottawa and the Champlain region who require legal assistance.…
Canadian Mental Health Association Ottawa Offices at 311 McArthur Avenue will remain closed to all visitors until further notice. Service provided remotely.Integrated community mental health support services for individuals with…
The Royal - Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre - Family Court Clinic Family Court Clinic provides assessments for the courts in areas involving the Young Offender's Act and the Child and Family Services Act assessments provide the…
The Royal - Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre - Integrated Forensic Program COVID-19: All day programs, outreach services and drop-in activities are suspended until further notice. One-on-one care will continue. Outpatient appointment schedules may be adjusted. (October…
Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Mental Health Services - Walk-in clinic COVID-19: provided by phone and other virtual means. Call to access the services.Single counselling sessions for youth whose needs are immediate
Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office Administers and coordinates advocacy and rights advice services public information systemic advocacy information and referral for those ineligible for the service literature in English and…

Social Services and Information

Ottawa Social Services