Scottish Mental Health Law Review publishes latest interim report

Section: People and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 21st December 2020

The review aims to improve the rights and protections of people living with mental illness, and those supporting them.

The Scottish Mental Health Law Review have published their latest interim report, which can be read on their website (this link will take you away from our website). This report details the steps the review has taken thus far, including hearing from those with lived experience, a process which has been made more difficult due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

There are five key subject areas the review is considering, and for which advisory groups have fed their findings into the report:

  • Children and young people
  • Communications and engagement
  • Compulsion
  • Capacity and support for decision-making
  • Economic, social and cultural rights

At this stage, the review has not yet made any recommendations. However, it has highlighted a range of issues such as lack of parity between support for young people with mental health conditions versus those with cancer, lack of involvement of carers in treatment plans, and lack of evidence on effective forms of supported decision-making.

The final report of the Scottish Mental Health Law Review is now intended for submission to the Minister for Mental Health in Autumn 2022. A further interim review is due for publication in June 2021.

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