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Publications

We produce a range of publications, for professionals, people with mental ill health and families/carers. You can download them from our website. We have copies of some materials – contact us to enquire.

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Use of seclusion

10 Oct, 2019 | .pdf, 972.2 KB

The purpose of this document is to provide clear guidelines for the consideration and use of seclusion and to ensure that, where this takes place, the safety, rights and welfare of the individual are safeguarded.

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Carers and Confidentiality

5 Dec, 2018 | .pdf, 698.9 KB

Good practice guidance on how to balance the principle of carer involvement with the patient's right to confidentiality.

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Rights in Mind Evaluation Report

25 Jul, 2018 | .pdf, 724.3 KB

A research study carried out for the Mental Welfare Commission by Reid-Howie Associates (RHA) between January and April 2018, to examine the implementation of 'Rights in Mind' materials produced by the Commission.

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Guidance for mental health professionals on changes to the Mental Health Act implemented on 30 June 2017

2 Aug, 2017 | .pdf, 2.1 MB

Our guidance on the changes to the Mental Health Act implemented on 30 June 2017 and how this will affect mental health professionals.

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Human Rights in Mental Health Services

24 May, 2017 | .pdf, 395.7 KB

This guide explains how and where human rights impact on mental health care delivery, and how staff can best ensure that the key rights are respected and promoted. It is intended to be both a reference guide and an improvement resource.

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Rights in mind booklet

24 May, 2017 | .pdf, 497.3 KB

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LGBT inclusive mental health services

29 Mar, 2017 | .pdf, 320.6 KB

A guide for health professionals and mental health services on LGBT patients.

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Response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission on single measurement framework

28 Feb, 2017 | .pdf, 804.6 KB

Our response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's consultation on a single measurement framework.

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Supported decision-making

4 Nov, 2016 | .pdf, 1.1 MB

Our Supported Decision Making good practice guide explains the relevance and importance of supported decision making, and the role that it can play in reinforcing principales that underpin Scottish legislation.

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Looking after your rights

24 Aug, 2016 | .pdf, 896.8 KB

This leaflet explains who we are. We can advise on your rights to do with Mental Health and Incapacity Law, and your care and treatment.

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Decisions about technology

29 Sep, 2015 | .pdf, 130.3 KB

Principles and guidance on good practice when considering the use of telecare and assistive technology for people with dementia, learning disabilities and related disorders.

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Human rights in Mental Health Care in Scotland

28 Sep, 2015 | .pdf, 642.8 KB

A joint report between the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Mental Welfare Commission on progress towards meeting Commitment 5 of the Mental Health Strategy for Scotland 2012-2015.

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Human rights in Mental Health Care in Scotland

28 Sep, 2015 | .pdf, 642.8 KB

 joint report between the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Mental Welfare Commission on progress towards meeting Commitment 5 of the Mental Health Strategy for Scotland 2012-2015.

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Complaints about Solicitors and Tribunal Hearings

4 Aug, 2015 | .pdf, 460.7 KB

Questions and answer notes concerning complaints about solicitors and Mental Health Tribunal hearings.

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Unlawful short term detention and section 291

13 May, 2013 | .pdf, 163.6 KB

We heard of a case where an individual was detained under a short-term detention certificate which the Tribunal ruled unlawful. There were discrepancies in the times of examination and granting the certificate.

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Rights, risks and limits to freedom

22 Apr, 2013 | .pdf, 708.1 KB

This aims to guide thinking on the use of restraint and encourage care staff to consider the impact actions may have on the people they are caring for.

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Consenting Adults

1 Jan, 2012 | .pdf, 252.6 KB

Guidance for professionals and carers when considering rights and risks in sexual relationships involving people with a mental illness - Revised edition 2012.

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Rights, recovery and restriction

28 Aug, 2008 | .pdf, 102.9 KB

Report from our visits to people receiving care and treatment in forensic mental health services across Scotland.