The Mental Healthcare Act,2017 aims to provide mental healthcare services for persons with mental illness. It ensures that these persons have a right to live life with dignity by not being discriminated against or harassed. This act empowers accessibility to mental health services for all. This right is meant to ensure that services be accessible, affordable, and of good quality. It also mandates the provision of mental health services to be established and available in every district of the country. The act also recognizes the right to community living; right to live with dignity; protection from cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment; treatment equal to persons with physical illness; right to relevant information concerning treatment, other rights and recourses; right to confidentiality; right to access their basic medical records; right to personal contacts and communication; right to legal aid; and recourse against deficiencies in the provision of care, treatment, and services.

Copy of the act is available on the egazette in the following:

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Tamilnadu State Mental Health Authority
Institute of mental health campus
Medavakkam Tank Road,
Chennai-600 010

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