When I heard about this family just outside Hamilton, Ontario, being detained under the Mental Health Act, I was furious: https://153news.net/watch_video.php?v….
I set out to do as much research as I could about what happened. In my experience, it’s very difficult to get the police to help you attain a Form 2.
If you have a family member who has a severe mental illness and could potentially harm themselves, or others, the burden of proof is so high, it’s often unsuccessful. So, my initial reaction was anger, when I saw that the police decided to use this valuable tool against an entire family. I was fired up.
But the more research I did, the more I realized that some of the things they have openly said online, could be used as evidence for a legal detention under the mental health act.
Let’s be clear here, I’m neither agreeing nor disagreeing with the acts of the police. I am saying that on my own, in my own independent research, there’s sufficient evidence here for ANYONE to request a Form 2 against at least the individual or individuals who have been posting on behalf of this family online.
Lastly, the cops likely didn’t show up there on their own. Somebody probably sent them there. A Twitter follower, a friend, a family member, a blog reader? Even if the cops were the ones who filed the Form 2, I’m curious what brought them to the house in the first place.
Full admission, I sprinkle this video with opinion, despite promising to try not to. It’s hard, okay?!
Ultimately, I conclude with, “Should we have the right to self-harm” and “Is fasting to death self-harm?”
Original 6ixBuzzTV IG clip here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAEr6BVAuNF/
Are you concerned about a family member? If you believe they are at risk of harming themselves, harming others, or are unable to care for themselves, the Ontario Form 2 is available here: http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ss…
Here is the CMHA infographic explaining the process (in the video, I accidentally say CAMH – sorry!): https://www.cmhak.on.ca/images/Form2_…
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