The BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS), along with other schizophrenia societies and mental illness organizations, has been closely monitoring what the Canadian government will be recommending following the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

Overall, BCSS recognizes that the UN CRPD is important in safeguarding the rights of persons with disabilities. However, one of its general comments and recommendations highly discriminates against people living with serious mental illness. It places them in the precarious position of potentially being criminalized for actions done while they are in psychosis.

This particular comment, if pursued, could lead to the elimination of involuntary treatment—creating the potential for people with serious mental illness who suffer from anosognosia to remain untreated. This would cause undue harm to the person themselves, to those closest to them, and to members of their community.

We’ll continue to update you on what’s happening at the provincial and federal levels of government. In the meantime, here are some articles and links which address some of the issues and concerns raised by BCSS: