Some treatments require extra, special
permissions, or safeguards. If you do not give your consent to
them, these treatments cannot be given without a second opinion
from a specially trained psychiatrist, or designated medical
Sometimes, when people are very unwell, they are unwilling or
unable to agree to have treatment. In some cases, you may be forced
to have treatment, in hospital or in the community.
There are strict rules about when this can happen, which are
contained in the Mental Health Act. The rules are different for
different types of treatment and situations.
These treatments include:
If your doctor wants to use any of these treatments, they will
contact the Mental Welfare Commission to arrange a visit from a
Sometimes, when people are unwell, they may need to have treatment, even if they don't want it. There are strict rules about when this can happen.