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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

  • 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.