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Your Rights People who experience mental illness or mental health problems have the same rights as any other person. You have the right to: Respect: for your age, culture, language, disability, gender and sexuality; Safety: be treated in the least restrictive environment (this means you will only be required to be treated in hospital if your symptoms are too severe to safely remain at home or in the community) , receive information about all aspects of your treatment; Communication: be heard, ask questions about your care, state your views and preferences; Access: timely access to services, care that promotes recovery, to decide if and when your family is involved; Participation: participate in decisions about your care, access advocacy if required; Privacy: your privacy and personal information being protected, lawfully access your health record; Comment: comment and give feedback on your care, make a complaint including receiving information on how to make a complaint. The ACT Charter of Rights for People Who Experience Mental Health Issues is for all people in the ACT who experience mental illness or mental health problems and outlines that rights are equal regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, culture, language, diagnosis, abilities or income. Please speak with us if you would like further information about these rights. Your Belongings When you are admitted we will check your bags. We do this to make sure the unit is safe and no prohibited items are brought into the MHSSU. Please limit clothing to around 4-5 changes of comfortable clothes. We may ask that extra items be sent home. The MHSSU does not have facilities for you to wash your clothes. We are committed to to providing a safe environment at the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU)
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6 | Welcome to the Mental Health Short Stay Unit Prohibited Items For your safety and the safety of everyone at the MHSSU, there are some things that are not allowed to be brought into the unit. They include: sharps of any kind, including penknives, items of glass or crockery, plastic bags, wire coat hangers, prescribed and non-prescribed drugs (if you are taking a medication that we don’t have at the hospital, we may ask you to bring your medication with you) , alcohol, illegal substances, weapons. Single Bedrooms The single bedrooms have been designed for your privacy and comfort. Each room has a private bathroom with a waterfall shower and a toilet. The light in the bathroom works on a timer. Once you turn it on, it will turn off automatically after fifteen minutes. You can secure some belongings in a small lockable cupboard in your room. Please ask us to lock and unlock your cupboard. Your bedroom door can be opened from the inside using the door handle. Your bedroom door will lock automatically when closed to keep your room secure.
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