Commission welcomes Scottish Mental Health Law Review

The Commission welcomes the publication of the final report from the Scottish Mental Health Law Review.

We are pleased to see the emphasis placed on taking a human rights based approach in the report, which means listening to and highlighting the voices of people with lived experience of mental health services.  

The report recommendations set out to advance a wide range of human rights, in particular, the right to the highest attainable standard of health, the right to have one’s legal capacity recognised, and the right to independent living. 

Ian Duddy, Chair of the Commission, said:

 “The Scottish Mental Health Law Review sets out a bold new direction for laws framed by human rights standards and aimed at delivering greater respect, protection and fulfilment of the human rights of people who fall within its ambit.

“These proposals would move Scotland closer to complying with international human rights standards and have the potential to deliver a much improved experience for people using mental health services.”

Notes to editors

1. Read the Commission's consultation response to the Scottish Mental Health Law Review.