Though our current healthcare system is getting a better understanding of mental health, and providing the necessary support for people with improved mental health rights in Canada, mental health law remains a challenging area to navigate. It's a tightrope act of balancing patient autonomy and the protection of people suffering from mental health issues.
For these individuals, even the simplest legal issue can be confusing and frustrating. Oftentimes, these are the people that "slip through the cracks' of the legal system, as it's near impossible to obtain proper medication and/or counselling to treat their mental illness while managing their defence against criminal charges. Resources for people with mental health issues are limited, and this is even more evident when it comes to Canada's criminal justice system. We've found many families struggling to get their loved ones the help and support they require.