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We protect and promote the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

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Mental Welfare Commission

29 September 2016

Advance statements

In advance statements, people who have received treatment for mental ill health can say what treatment or care they would like, or would not like, if they get ill again. They are about planning ahead - stating what you would prefer in case you get too ill to be able to make the best decisions for yourself. 

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Rights in Mind

Our Rights in Mind pathway is designed to help staff in mental health services ensure that patients have their human rights respected at key points in their treatment.

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We provide information and advice on rights / welfare in mental health, learning disability and related conditions.

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Local visit reports

From March 2016, we are publishing reports of our local visits to NHS wards and units across Scotland.


Law and Rights

In Scotland, there are several pieces of law that ensure people with a mental illness, learning disability or related condition get appropriate treatment and have their rights respected.

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