The public is reminded that St Helena’s Mental Health Ordinance is currently out for public consultation.

The primary aim of the Ordinance is to protect individuals with mental health vulnerabilities. The current Ordinance will be slightly amended to incorporate Human Rights Obligations – an example will be to make provisions for patients who may need to have a Guardian appointed on their behalf.

The proposed changes to the Ordinance will be a positive development for the care and treatment of some of the most vulnerable members of the community and will bring St Helena into line with other mental health services internationally.

The Ordinance is available for viewing on the SHG website at http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/ and hard copies are also available in the Public Library, Jamestown.

Members of the public wishing to comment on the proposed changes to the Mental Health Ordinance should submit their comments in writing to the Secretary to Elected Members, Anita Legg, at the Castle or via email sec.em@helanta.co.sh by no later than 4pm on Friday 9 October 2015.

SHG

6 October 2015

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