What can I do if a loved one’s mental health is getting dangerous?
Question & AnswerWhat can I do if a loved one’s mental health is getting dangerous?
1. Understand when you can get a Form 2
If your loved one has a , there are 2 situations when you can get a Form 2 – Order for Examination. On the Form 2, these situations are referred to as “Box A” and “Box B”.
Your loved one's situation has to fit either Box A or Box B.
Box A to prevent serious harm
Box A is used to avoid serious harm to your loved one or to someone else, including you.
To use Box A, at least one of these things must have already happened:
- your loved one tried or threatened to hurt themselves or someone else
- your loved one was violent to someone or did something that made you think they'll hurt someone
- there are signs that your loved one can't care for themselves
You also have to show that this will happen: Your loved one or someone else is likely to be seriously hurt because of your loved one's mental disorder.
Box B for substitute decision-maker
Box B is used if your loved one can't understand their own health situation and they need someone else to make their health-care decisions for them.
To use Box B, all of these things must have already happened:
- your loved one's been treated in the past for a mental disorder that they still have
- the previous helped your loved one
- your loved one cannot understand what it means to get treatment in a , and someone else, called a , is responsible for making decisions about their health care
- your loved one's substitute decision-maker has given permission for your loved one to get treatment at a psychiatric facility
You also have to show that at least one of these things will happen:
- Your loved one or someone else is likely to be seriously hurt because of your loved one's mental disorder.
- Your loved one's mental or physical condition is likely going to get much worse.