Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act.

Mental Health

This explainer discusses the law for persons with mental illness, including their rights and procedure for admission and discharge from a mental healthcare institution. It primarily deals with the law laid out in the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.


What are the authorities for mental healthcare under the law?

What is the National Mental Health Policy?

What is the National Mental Health Programme?

Who is a caregiver, according to the law on mental health?

Can I leave for a few days from a mental health establishment where I am admitted?

What should I do if I find a person with mental illness who is being mistreated?

What are the duties of the police with relation to persons with mental illness?

Can someone be forced to get treatment for a mental illness?

Who can I go to if I require help with my mental health?

What is the punishment for running mental health establishments that are not registered under the law?

Can research be conducted on a person with mental illness?

Is mental healthcare covered under insurance?

Can a person with mental illness be subjected to solitary confinement or physical restraint?

What kind of procedures are prohibited on persons with mental illness?

What does an unsound mind mean?

What are mental healthcare establishments?

What are mental healthcare services?