One of the most common questions put to our Advice Services is ‘what are my rights?’ In this section, we provide some basic information about all of this legislation and also rights which have been established through the courts.

Most people want to know where they stand, especially if they feel something is going wrong in relation to their care or treatment or at work.
In recent years, new laws have been introduced in Northern Ireland which improve the position of users and carers. These are:

  • The Mental Health (NI) Order (1986) (amended in 2004)
  • Human Rights Act (2000)
  • Carers and Direct Payments Act (NI) 2002
  • Disability Discrimination Act (1995, amended in 2005)
  • Mental Capacity Act (2005)
  • Disability Discrimination (NI) Order (2006)
  • Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland (2008)

Many questions about legal issues to do with mental illness are complicated to resolve and may require specialist knowledge.
We will help with your enquiry ourselves or if you need specialist input or legal representation we can refer you to someone who can.



This web site would like to use cookies to store information on your computer, to improve our website. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set.

To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.


EU Cookie Directive Module Information