Help and advice about learning disability, mental illness, dementia and related conditions in Scotland.
A mental health officer is a social worker
who has special training and experience in working with people who
have a mental illness, learning disability, dementia or related
If you become ill and lose the ability to make your own
decisions, you can be given compulsory care and treatment. This
only happens if it is necessary and if there is a risk to you or
Your mental health officer:
Yes. If you cannot work with your mental health officer, your
social work department helps to sort out the problem or chooses a
new mental health officer for you.
You may want to change your mental health officer because you do
not agree with their decisions. A new mental health officer may
make the same decisions about your care and treatment.
For advice on mental health and incapacity law contact our