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How is Mental Health Treated?

Treatment may include medication, talking with health professionals and undertaking activities which help with recovery from the illness. This will be written down in a Treatment and Care Plan which is generally a requirement under the Mental Health Act 2009 (SA).

Can people be treated against their will?

Involuntary treatment can only occur when a medical practitioner or an authorised mental health professional concludes that [s 10(1), s 21(1)]: -

  • the person has a mental illness; and
  • because of the mental illness, the person requires treatment for their own protection from harm (including harm involved in the continuation or deterioration of the person's condition) or for the protection of others from harm; and
  • the person has impaired decision-making capacity relating to appropriate treatment of the person's mental illness; and
  • there is no less restrictive means than the order for ensuring appropriate treatment of the person's illness.

The medical practitioner or authorised mental health professional must also consider, amongst other things, the prospects of the person receiving all treatment of the illness necessary for the protection of the person and others on a voluntary basis or (in considering inpatient treatment orders) on a community treatment order [s 10(2), s 21(2)].

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How is Mental Health Treated?  :  Last Revised: Mon Feb 10th 2020
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