The following discussion is with reference to a four-tier model, which conceptualises and discusses empowerment at four different dimensions .
This includes The National Service Framework for Mental health , The Equality Act  and The Mental Health (Discrimination) Act .
Several organisations and campaigns have contributed to positive change by reducing stigma and discrimination and promoting more empowering behaviours towards people with mental illness, for example, Time to Change , The Mental Health Foundation  and Mind .
This is not only essential in order for the person to have influence and control over what is happening to them, but to establish the correct diagnosis and a treatment plan which meets their needs, and with which they are happy to co-operate with.
It goes without saying that imposing a treatment plan on someone can be counter-productive.