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We protect and promote the human rights of people with mental health problems, 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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Local visit reports

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



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

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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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Latest News

  • Commission publishes eight new local visit reports - March 2017

    22 March 2017
    The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland today published eight new local visit reports. These include visits to NHS hospital wards and units, and a care home.
  • New Board members appointed

    16 March 2017
    The Scottish Government has today announced the appointment of Gordon Johnston, Alexander Riddell and Mary Twaddle as members of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland Board.
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