The following forms of treatment cannot be performed on persons with mental illness1:
- Psychosurgery (i.e. surgery of a person’s neurological system, such as the rain), unless the person’s informed consent and approval from the Mental Health Review Board has been obtained2.
- Electroconvulsive therapy (passing small electrical currents through a person’s brain) without the use of muscle relaxants and anaesthesia
- Electroconvulsive therapy for minors. However, it may be used if3 the psychiatrist in-charge of the minor believes it is necessary with informed consent of the guardian and permission from the Mental Health Review Board.
- Sterilisation (surgery to make one biologically incapable of reproduction), if it used for treatment for mental illness
- Chaining in any manner. For example, to restrain a person physically by chaining them up.
- Section 95(1), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017
- Section 96(1), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.
- Section 95(2), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.