Legal and Ethecal Issues that impacted on the delivery of mental health care.

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This essay explore the ethical, legal, and professional issues that impact upon the delivery of mental health care delivered to a client, it will also refer to recommendation for change in practice regarding the delivery of such care. The rational for choosing this client was because of issues relating to the fragmentation of his coping mechanism; perception; and support, which led to his crisis situation, which resulted in him threatening to commit suicide.

In this essay the clients name shall be altered, and be referred to as 'Josh' in accordance with the confidentiality clause of the code of professional conduct "to protect all confidential information concerning clients obtained in the course of professional practice" Nursing and Midwifery Council ( 2002).

Josh is a 54 year - old male of English ancestry. He lived in his own home (mortgage paid in full) with his wife (married for 12 years) and their daughter aged 12 years old.

According to josh he was unfairly dismissed from his work, he further stated that at his age coupled with his disability, it would be almost impossible for him to find another job. This led to him developing a serious adjustment problem, which resulted in him developing a morbid psychiatric depression with strong persecutory delusion. Over a three year period he had repeated admission to a mental health unit, under Section. Over time his wife was unable to cope with the rigors and psychological strain of his illness. Therefore during this lifetime continuum she filed for a divorce, and made an application for him to be sectioned under Section 3 (using Form 8) for treatment in accordance with part II of the Mental Health Act (1983).

The legal justification for Sectioning Josh was in the interest of his safety, to protect him from harming himself, as...