Advance statements are a powerful way of
ensuring that people with mental health problems are listened to,
even when they are unwell. Even so, we guess that only a small
number of people who are treated for mental ill health are aware of
If you become unwell with a mental illness, you may need
treatment. Sometimes, when people are very unwell, they are unable
or unwilling to consent to treatment. In some cases, you may be
given treatment even if you don't want it.
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 the future. Anyone who makes decisions about your treatment,
like doctors or a tribunal, should read your advance statement and
consider your wishes.
An advance statement is not a guarantee that your wishes will be
followed, but it is a guarantee that they will be taken into
account. An advance statement should be witnessed and signed by a
health or social care professional.
It is a good idea to review your advance statement every six or
12 months to make sure it is up to date.
Watch our films
To help show the difference an advance statement can make, we
have created a series of short films, each with a different
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