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The new Mental Health Act: a guide to emergency and short-term powers: information for service users and their carers

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
15p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This guide is one in a series about the new the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, which came into effect in October 2005. This guide focuses on emergency and short-term powers. This guide is written for people who have a mental disorder, but it may be of interest to others including carers and advocacy workers.

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Mental health in Scotland: improving the physical health of those with a mental illness

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
36p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Government is undertaking a consultation on the draft report, Improving the Physical Health of those with Mental Illness. Among other issues the draft report covers and includes: the evidence base on the need for change, aspects of care management, proposals for review of performance, and steps to ensuring equity and other dimensions. The report also makes six recommendations for forward attention and action to bring about early change and improvement.

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Mental health strategy for Scotland 2012-15

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
61p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

Mental illness is one of the top public health challenges in Europe as measured by prevalence, burden of disease and disability. It is estimated that mental disorders affect more than a third of the population every year, the most common of these being depression and anxiety. About 1-2% of the population have psychotic disorders, and across Europe 5.6% of men and 1.3% of women have substance misuse disorders. The ageing population is leading to an increase in the number of people with dementia, 5% of people over 65 and 20% of those over 80 years of age. In all countries, most mental disorders are more prevalent among those who are most deprived. The prevalence of mental disorders does not appear to be changing significantly over time, though more people are accessing treatment and support as understanding grows and the stigma of mental illness is reducing. This Scottish Government’s mental health strategy to 2015 sets out a range of key commitments across the full spectrum of mental health improvement, services and recovery to ensure delivery of effective, quality care and treatment for people with a mental illness, their carers and families.

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Towards a mentally flourishing Scotland: policy and action plan 2009-2011

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
56p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Government is committed to working to improve the mental health of Scotland’s people through ensuring that appropriate services are in place, but also by working through social policy and health improvement activity to reduce the burden of mental health problems and mental illness and to promote good mental wellbeing. This policy document deals with mental wellbeing as well as mental illness and mental health problems. The idea of mental wellbeing includes both how people feel - their emotions and life satisfaction - and how people function - their self acceptance, positive relations with others, personal control over their environment, purpose in life and autonomy. The six strategic priorities are: mentally healthy infants, children and young people, mentally healthy later life, mentally healthy communities, mentally healthy employment and working life, reducing the prevalence of suicide, self-harm and common mental health problems, improving the quality of life of those experiencing mental health problems and mental illness.

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Mental health in Scotland: closing the gaps - making a difference: commitment 13

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
35p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The aims of this publication are to improve the awareness of co-occurring mental health and substance misuse problems, to improve support and service provision for people who have both mental health and substance misuse problems (and their carers), and to reduce stigma and influence positively attitudes towards this care group.

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Comparison of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) act 2007 (ASP) with the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) act 2000 (AWI) and the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) act 2003 (MHCT)

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
10p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

Three related Scottish act, the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (ASP), the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 (AWI), and The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (MHCT) are compared. Three tables are presented providing short extracts from each of the acts for comparison purposes. The extracts have been rephrased for ease of understanding. The tables cover who is subject to the provisions of the ASP, AWI and MHCT, short overview of orders, warrants and certificates, the principles of the acts, the duty to investigate/inquire, the duty to co-operate, entry to premises and visits, medical assessment, examination or treatment, examination of records, banning orders or interdicts, urgent action, and financial interventions.

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Self-directed support (direct payments), Scotland, 2011

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
19p., tables
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

Statistical release presenting the latest figures for Self-directed Support (Direct Payments) made during the period 1st April 2010 to 31st March 2011. Tables provide figures by local authority; client group (physical disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health problems and other including frail older people); and age profile.

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With inclusion in mind: the local authority’s role in promoting wellbeing and social development Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 sections 25-31

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
44p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This document provides aspirational guidance and best practice, and includes tools and background information, to enable individuals and services in local authorities to understand and fulfil their duties under Sections 25-31 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. These duties have an impact on all aspects of life that come under the aegis of local authorities, such as education, leisure services, economic development and housing. Thus, the tools and practices given here are pertinent to all local authority services, not just social care. The duties under Sections 25-31 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 sit within a policy framework that addresses inequalities and the promotion of wellbeing. By fulfilling their duties under the Act, local authorities may well find that they are simultaneously meeting the requirements of other Acts.

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National care standards: care homes for people with mental health problems

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
66p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh
Edition:
Rev ed.

The National Care Standards Committee was set up by the Scottish Government to develop national standards in collaboration with a number of working groups including service users and service providers. They are designed to be from the point of view of service users to help them to understand what they can expect from the service provider. They may also be of use to service providers to help them know what is expected of them. The standards in this publication cover care homes for people with mental health problems. These services provide accommodation together with nursing and personal care or support to people with mental health problems. People with mental health problems may choose to stay in a care home permanently, or for regular planned short breaks. Staff should be able to cater for individual’s changing needs so they should not have to move if they become ill. The standards are grouped under 4 headings: before moving in; settling in; day-to-day life; and moving on.

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With inclusion in mind: an easy read guide

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
15p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This booklet is aimed at people with a mental illness or learning disability. It describes the things that councils can do to make things better for them. In 2003, the Scottish Government made a new law called The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) ( Scotland ) Act 2003. The new law says that local councils must help anyone who has a mental illness or a learning disability get the best from life. Local councils should not provide separate services for people with learning disabilities or mental illnesses, but should make sure that they can use all their services. This booklet lists various ways in which council staff can help people in relation to: their home; their community; their work; their money; their family; their education; art and culture; volunteering; taking part; and their health.

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