Rights of people living with mental illness

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August 4, 2019
Mental health not absence of mental illness
August 4, 2019

Rights of people living with mental illness

Those living with mental illness in Kenya are protected by the Mental Health Act of 1989.

The clients have a right to be treated with dignity and not be discriminated against.

The Act provides for four modes of admission:

  • Voluntary Admission: The patient himself or herself applies for admission at the hospital.
  • Involuntary Admission: The relatives apply for admission on behalf of the patient
  • Emergency Admission: A police officer above the rank of Inspector may apply for admission on behalf of a person in their custody.
  • Foreigners: An Embassy may apply for admission through the Kenya Board of Mental Health.

Those living with mental illness have a right to own property and have families.

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