Mental Health Program

The Mental Health Program offers free legal advice appointments over the telephone to people detained under BC's Mental Health Act and/or to their relatives.

The lawyers volunteering with this program provide free legal advice over the phone for up to 30 minutes on the following topics:

            -  What it means to be certified under the Mental Health Act 

            -  Right to a second opinion

            -  How to apply for a review panel 

            -  Legal test and procedure at review panel hearings

            -  Consequences of cancelling vs. postponing a hearing

            -  How to prepare for a hearing

To book an appointment, please call 604.482.3195 ext. 1500 (toll-free number: 1.877.762.6664 and dial immediately 1500). We can usually book an appointment within three business days. 
Please note that the volunteers answering this line to book appointments are not lawyers and cannot provide legal advice over the phone. 

Lawyers interested in volunteering for the Program may register below or email or contact APB’s Program Manager at 604-482-3195 ext. 1513


APB extends its sincere thanks and gratitude to the following individuals for their hard work and dedication in making the Mental Health Program a reality:

Frank Yates 
Julia Sherman 
Kellie Redman