Family Charter of Rights

Families have a right:

  • to explicit information that families do not cause mental illness.
  • to basic information about diagnosis, treatment plan, options, and prognosis.
  • to information about behaviour management, advice and guidance about resources in the community, and the availability of peer support.
  • to education that can assist them in coping with mental illness.
  • to respect from professionals for the expertise of the family, as well as the sharing of power in the therapeutic process.
  • to become appropriately assertive and to overcome traditional socialization that teaches families not to question authority.
  • to be involved with their family member as a support system and resource.
  • to have a social ethic that is more concerned about the welfare of the person with mental illness than cost effectiveness.
  • to a mandated role on governance or advisory boards and a voice in mental health planning that directly affects their lives.
  • to a non adversarial legal system that is understanding of potential tragedy and helpful in attempts to prevent disaster from occurring.