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Mental Health Act

  • An emergency detention certificate allows a person to be held in hospital for up to 72 hours while their condition is assessed. Find out more here.

  • A short term detention order allows for a person to be detained in hospital for up to 28 days for assessment and/or treatment. Find out more about them here.

  • A compulsory treatment order (CTO) allows for a person to be treated for their mental illness. The CTO sets out a number of conditions that you will need to comply with. The conditions will depend on whether you have to stay in hospital or are in the community.

  • The 10 principles of good mental health care and treatment have been set out in law. Want to know what they are? Find out here.

  • Under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act, people with learning disabilities and people with a mental illness have a right to independent advocacy. Find out more about it here.

  • Information about treatments with special safeguards and the role of the designated medical practitioner.

  • If you need treatment under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 you can choose someone to look out for you. This person is called a named person

  • You may find it helpful to write an advance statement when you are well, stating how you would like to be treated if you become ill in future. Anyone who makes decisions about your treatment, like doctors or a tribunal, should read your advance statement and consider your wishes.

  • The Tribunal is an independent organisation set up to decide what to do if you need to be given treatment against your will.

  • The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 says a carer is someone who gives you care and support when you need it.

  • A mental health officer is a social worker who has special training and experience in working with people who have a mental disorder.

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