Mental Health Legal Advice Scotland

The Mental Welfare Commission has held a public consultation to seek views on proposals for a new system for investigating the deaths of people who, at the time of their death, were undergoing coercive treatment under Scotland`s mental health laws. John Scott QC is leading the review and would like to know more about your experience with mental health law in Scotland. Their perspectives will help John and his team learn more about how the law currently works and what can be done to improve it. If your health authority needs advice on a patient`s mental health issue and would like to speak to someone, please contact us. We put you in touch with the litigation team that deals with the relevant health authority. There are a number of things you can do if you think you have a mental health problem. Many people find it difficult to ask for help, but there is a wide range of services available and you can choose the services you like. For example, it may be easier to call a helpline instead of speaking face-to-face with a primary care physician. You could: Tel: 0141 420 3816ChildLine: 0800 1111Email: scotland@nspcc.org.ukWebsite: www.nspcc.org.uk Mental health problems can be temporary or permanent and affect a person`s mental wellbeing. The most common problems are anxiety and depression, but others include schizophrenia, personality disorders, eating disorders, and dementia.

McCarrys Solicitors is pleased to offer a service to anyone who needs advice in this highly specialised area of law. Mental health care and treatment encompasses a range of human rights, including the right to life, liberty, protection from inhuman and degrading treatment and respect for private and family life. Our lawyers have specialized knowledge in this complex area of law. We are able to provide useful and practical feedback based on our extensive experience in legal issues related to patient mental health. Issues of self-determination, autonomy and participation in decision-making processes are at the heart of human rights. The Commission has every interest in reviewing the legal framework for decision-making capacity. We will advocate for supported decision-making because we consider it fundamental to the realization of other rights, including the right to live independently. You shouldn`t have to pay to hire an independent lawyer. Health services and local authorities are required by law to cover the costs of independent advocacy for people with mental illness. The Commission works with others to recognise and address specific issues such as mental health stigma, access to mental health care, quality of treatment and the specific concerns of people living with dementia. Our lawyers regularly advise and represent clients before Sheriff Court, Mental Health Court for Scotland and at children`s hearings. We are aware that sometimes help is urgent, and we can offer this service.

Our lawyers are able to guide you every step of the way and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the case. We also work with others and advise others who are working to improve mental health care and treatment, including: You can also contact the local authority`s social work department. The local authority has specific responsibilities to investigate, assess and support a person who has mental health problems in the community. Learn more about ambulatory care reviews. The Scottish Mental Health Association (SAMH) has online guides and a list of services people can turn to if they are concerned about their mental health. Preliminary explanations are an effective way to ensure that people with mental health issues are heard, even if they are not feeling well. Nevertheless, we suspect that only a small number of people being treated for mental illness are aware of it. Local authorities have specific duties towards people with mental health problems and may be able to provide a range of services following an assessment of community care. Because legal aid is often available, it provides free, independent advice to those who come into contact with various aspects of mental health law. The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 applies to people with a `mental disorder` – as defined in the Act and covers any mental illness, personality disorder or learning disability (as per section 328). This pathway is designed to help mental health staff ensure that patients` human rights are respected at key points in their treatment. If you have a mental health problem or even if other people think you have one, you may be discriminated against.