Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined

SEASON 3 | EPISODE 1: Behind Getting Committed

It is not an easy decision to call the police or an ambulance to take a loved one to a psychiatric facility – all in the hopes that they get the treatment they need and deserve. But sometimes people with an untreated mental illness lose insight into the fact they are ill and will not accept voluntary treatment, even when their illness may be causing harm to themselves or others. The BC Mental Health Act allows people experiencing a serious mental health crisis to get help through involuntary treatment. But what’s the impact of that decision on a family member? And what happens to someone once they are admitted to a psychiatric facility? In this episode, you’ll meet Vanessa Nelson. Vanessa’s daughter, Mira, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 18 and is now 22. In these few years, Mira has been involuntarily detained under the BC Mental Health Act many times. This is Vanessa’s journey through the twists and turns of her daughter’s mental illness and the role involuntary treatment has played in keeping her daughter alive.


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