Every person with a mental illness has a right to1 live with and be a part of the society or community. In other words, just because a person with mental illness has no family or is homeless does not mean that he or she will be institutionalized in a mental health establishment.
Sometimes the family may abandon the person with mental illness. In such situations, it is the duty of the government to provide appropriate support, such as:
- Legal aid
- Community-based establishments, such as half-way homes, group homes, etc.,
- Facilitate his living with his family/in the family home2.
For example, it is the duty of the government to find accommodation for beggars. he government cannot force them to stay in a mental health establishment.0
- Section 19(1), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.
- Section 19(2)(3), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.