Other Mental Health Services include: Home Care and Social Care Assessments, Care Program Approach Plans, and support with Psychiatric / Psychology / GP Appointments.

Home Care / Social Care Assessments

When you are receiving any type of social or home care package, you may feel that you may not be getting the right support you need from Social Services.  You have the right to ask for a review of your circumstances.  The local council must provide you with someone to support you if you can’t speak up for yourself or have difficulty understanding others.

If you suffer from a mental illness or are particularly vulnerable, an Independent Advocacy Worker can assist you in helping you organise an assessment, explore your options and make sure your voice is heard when the assessment takes place.

Care Program Approach Plan

A Care Programme Approach (CPA) is a package of care for people with mental health issues.  CPA support may be offered from the Department of Psychology or Psychiatry if you have a severe mental disorder, are at risk of suicide, self-harm, have been sectioned in the past, recently been admitted to a psychiatric unit or feel that you need more support than you are getting.  You are entitled to an assessment of your needs and to have a care plan that is regularly reviewed.  An Independent Advocacy Worker can support you through the process.

Psychiatric / Psychology / GP Appointments

Sometimes you may be asked to attend appointments with your GP, Psychiatrist or Psychology regarding your mental health.  These appointments may include the discussion of prescription changes, discussing what may or may not be working with regards to your recovery or addressing concerns that you may have.  Independent Advocacy Workers can support you by attending these appointments with you and making sure that your concerns are expressed in the way you want them to be, empowering you to have more control over the decisions which may be made on your behalf.

This is only a snapshot of the services that an Independent Advocacy Worker can offer you regarding Mental Health issues.  There are many other ways in which you may receive support. Independent Advocacy is a service completely independent from any other service.  Our loyalty is solely to the person that we are supporting and the service is of no charge to you.

If you have an issue that you want to discuss with an Independent Advocacy Worker to see if we can be of service, please contact us.

Mental Health Advocacy

If you are suffering from mental health issues, you have the right by law to independent advocacy whoever and wherever you are in Scotland.

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Mental Health Tribunals

A Mental Health Tribunal is an independent organisation set up to make decisions on the compulsory care and treatment of people with mental disorders in Scotland.

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Compulsory Treatment Orders

A Compulsory Treatment Order (CTO) allows for a person to be treated for their mental illness.

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