One of the reasons for the stigma that is associated with mental illness is the history of the treatment of people affected by it. Historically they have often been mistreated, forced to live in asylums and institutions, hidden from the public.
The laws relating to mental health in WA are currently being reformed.
Find out more: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/disability-rights/publications/mental-health-legislation-and-human-rights
If you need legal advice about mental health and the law in WA, the Mental Health Law Centre can help: www.mhlcwa.org.au