Nick* is 41 years old and training to be a mixed martial arts professional. He had previously received voluntary treatment for depression, anxiety and a psychotic illness.
After Nick’s relationship broke down and he lost his job, he experienced a period of heightened stress. He was placed on his first Treatment Authority and received treatment for Paranoid Schizophrenia.
Nick wanted the Treatment Authority to be revoked as the side effects from the medication – weight gain, sedation and slowed reflexes – interfered with his martial arts training and healthy lifestyle.
LawRight helped Nick to apply for an early review hearing. Nick’s first hearing was adjourned due to technical difficulties, and he was worried that he would have to have another depot injection before the re-hearing. Fortunately, he was given another hearing within 7 days, where his Treatment Authority was revoked.
Nick was an excellent self-advocate, and appreciated the volunteer advocate’s assistance.
Nick said that that the advocate’s submissions were on point and well organised. He was “stoked” with the decision, and looks forward to making his own treatment decisions going forward.
*Not his real name