17 November 2016
The Mental Welfare Commission published its
annual report for 2015-16 today.
The report highlights the work we have done over the past year
to protect and promote the human rights of people with mental
illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related
During the year, the Commission identified six priorities it
asks to be included in Scottish Government's next mental health
strategy. These include setting a new target to reduce the huge
disparity in life expectancy between people with mental health
issues and the general population, and a call for more to be done
for children and young people.
Also in 2015-16, the Commission completed a major study into
perinatal mental health in Scotland, highlighting the
excellence of specialist in-patient services, and outlining gaps in
the service, particularly in the community.
The Commission visited every Scottish hospital unit for
people with learning disability, and found that almost a third of
patients experienced a delayed discharge due to either a lack of
funding, a lack of suitable accommodation, a lack of care provision
or a combination of these.
The full report can be found on our website.
Read our annual report 2015-16