Advance Directive

Section 5 subsection 1(a),(b) & (c) of the Mental Healthcare Act 2017
5. (1) Every person, who is not a minor, shall have a right to make an advance directive in writing, specifying any or all of the following, namely:––
(a) the way the person wishes to be cared for and treated for a mental illness; (b) the way the person wishes not to be cared for and treated for a mental illness;
(c) the individual or individuals, in order of precedence, he wants to appoint as his nominated representative


Advance Directive (Some Excerpts)

How I Wish To Be Cared For And Treated

I will want to be home
I will want to not be at home
I will want to be in my room
I will want to not be in my room
I will want to be on my bed
I will want to not be on my bed
I will want the curtains drawn
I will want the curtains not drawn
I will want sunshine
I will want no sunshine


Take away work
Acquaintances
Colleagues
Neighbours
Take away people
Take away children
Take away chatter
Take away fighting
Take away rage
Take away concrete
Clutter
Horns
Noise 
Take away traffic
Take away the city


Remind me of the here and now
Of where I am
That I have a body
I have skin
Remind me to close my eyes
to sleep
Slow me down
Remind me that I’m in India
Remind me I’m a woman
Remind me I have consequences
Remind me I’m fallible
Remind me I’m easily broken
Remind me that I’m not alone
That this will pass
That I survived
That the worst is over
That I’m safe
That I’m home


How I Wish Not To Be Cared For And Treated

I do not want to be hospitalized
I do not want to be medicated
I do not want a caretaker
I do not want to see doctors
I do not want therapy
I do not want to share
I do not want to tell you my history for the millionth time
I do not want to be reminded
I do not want to be mended
I do not want “insight”


I do not want to prove anything
I do not want to be anymore than I am.


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