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The Practical guide to mental health rights

Created by Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services, this guide answers many legal questions for loved ones of people living with mental illness:

  • Consent to care
  • Bill P-38
  • Professional secrecy
  • Access to medical files
  • The right to receive services
  • Protection systems
  • Mandate in case of incapacity


This guide provides various concrete tools for friends and family of people living with mental illness:

  • Identifying your role and keeping your focus
  • Understanding and recognizing different mental illnesses
  • Effective communication with my loved one
  • The therapeutic alliance
  • Stress management
  • How to let go
  • Services available in Quebec
  • Effective and recognized partners

Information and support guide

This guide created by the l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale provides information for loved ones about the organization of mental health services:

  • Information on organizations providing care and services
  • Confidentiality and professional secrecy
  • Winning conditions
  • Relapse prevention
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