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Families, Carers And Nominated Persons

Families, carers and nominated persons

The Mental Health Act 2014 recognises the importance of persons who provide personal support to people with a mental illness and provides these persons with rights. Families, carers and nominated persons can seek the help of the MHAS on behalf of the person with the mental illness they support.

Resources for people supporting a person with a mental illness

Most people receive treatment for a mental illness without the mental health laws applying to them. This is because the focus of the Mental Health Act 2014 is on involuntary patients.

If you are a carer, close family member, nominated person, parent or guardian of someone with a mental illness you may be their ‘personal support person’. The Act recognises the importance of this role and provides personal support persons with rights.