Mental Health Act Advocacy Service

by AdvoCard

Advocacy for people in Edinburgh affected by Scottish mental health laws

AdvoCard’s Advocacy Workers are independent from the local authority (social work), the NHS (mental health services) and the justice system (tribunals).

We can advocate for you if you are affected by these mental health laws in Scotland:

* Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 [as amended by the 2015 Act]
- Compulsory treatment orders
- Emergency detention and short-term detention
- Mental Health Tribunal (before, during and after)
- Advance statements
- Named persons
* Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000
- Guardianship
- Sheriff court hearings
- Power of attorney
* Adult Support & Protection (Scotland) Act 2007
- Adult protection case conferences

We can also help you to access legal representation and the Mental Welfare Commission Scotland

More than a service about detention and CTOs:

If you are detained or on a CTO then we could also advocate regarding issues such as housing or benefits, so long as you:

* live in the community
- home, supported accommodation, residential care, temporary accommodation
* are staying in a general hospital
e.g. Royal Infirmary, Western General, Liberton


Last updated 10/02/2021

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Contact information

 0131 554 5307
 advocacy@advocard.org.uk
 Website
This service is under the category: Conditions , Rights & Representation , Discrimination & Human Rights , Independent Advocacy , Mental Health Issues

Delivered across
  • · City of Edinburgh (Local Authority)
  • · Edinburgh (Integration Authority (HSCP))

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