Those living with mental illness in Kenya are protected by the Mental Health Act of 1989.
The clients have a right to be treated with dignity and not be discriminated against.
The Act provides for four modes of admission:
- Voluntary Admission: The patient himself or herself applies for admission at the hospital.
- Involuntary Admission: The relatives apply for admission on behalf of the patient
- Emergency Admission: A police officer above the rank of Inspector may apply for admission on behalf of a person in their custody.
- Foreigners: An Embassy may apply for admission through the Kenya Board of Mental Health.
Those living with mental illness have a right to own property and have families.
article by Dr Monique Wangombe for Afya Digest Jun 2009
article by Dorothy Kweyu Daily Nation March 2010