Mental Health Services
In Highland, Mental Health services are delivered by a range of Social Workers, Mental Health Officers and support workers.
We work closely with people who are experiencing mental health problems or have had mental health issues in the past. Partnership with service users, carers and voluntary organisations is central to the services and support we offer.
The Mental Health (Care and Treatment)(Scotland) Act 2003 was introduced in October 2005. The legislation has a number of specific provisions, including a set of principles which is central to the Act. The legislation covers a wide range of issues including:
Compulsory Powers – setting out when people can be legally required to go into hospital, or to accept services and treatment that they may not want in the community.
New Rights & Safeguards – including a right to Independent Advocacy Services.
The Mental Health Tribunal – will hear and determine cases under the Act.
Powers of the Mental Welfare Commission
The Mental Health (Care & Treatment)(Scotland) Act 2003 is the first major change in Mental Health legislation for over 40 years. It has created a new legislative framework for Scotland with a greater focus on the rights of the individual, and advocacy. There is also a greater focus on recovery which involves supporting people to be active in managing their own healthcare and to carry out everyday activities through the support, help, and advice designed and delivered in partnership with them.
If you are concerned that your care and treatment is not in line with what the law states, you can contact the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.