Your rights if you have a mental illness

Last updated: 30 January 2018

Sometimes if a person is unwell with a mental illness they may have to be detained in hospital ('sectioned') or get treatment against their will.

All people have human rights, and people with mental illnesses have special rights to protect them.

Visit the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland website for information on rights for people with a mental illness, including:

  • the right to independent advocacy (getting someone to speak on your behalf)
  • being detained
  • being forced to have treatment
  • the rights of carers
  • safeguarded treatments
  • advance statements
  • the Mental Health Tribunal