mental health



Rise in self-harm amongst detained young people

There has been a rise in self-harm amongst detained young people over the last five years, according to a new report.

Published 15 October 2020

Report: Majority of lawyers feel their managers are not looking out for them

The majority of lawyers feel their manager is not looking out for them, according to a new report.

Published 10 July 2020

MSPs call for repeal of ‘unnecessary and arbitrary powers’ in order to protect mentally ill

A Holyrood committee has reiterated its call for "unnecessary and arbitrary powers" contained in emergency coronavirus legislation to be repealed in order to protect the rights of people with mental health conditions.

Published 7 July 2020

Unified tribunal essential in creating a person-centred approach to mental health law

The creation of a new, unified tribunal empowered to look at a full range of remedies under mental health law would enable individuals’ cases to be dealt with in a prompt, holistic and person-centred way.

Published 5 June 2020

New action plan aims to tackle mental health stigma in Scottish legal sector

The Law Society of Scotland has today launched a three-year action plan that aims to tackle stigma around mental health in the legal sector.

Published 3 June 2020

Put more focus on youth, Faculty tells mental health law review

Mental health legislation needs to be updated to take more account of children and young persons, the Faculty of Advocates has suggested.

Published 1 June 2020

Reports of mental health issues ‘tip of the iceberg’

Legal mental health charity LawCare has released data on all COVID-19 related contacts it has received to date for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Published 18 May 2020

Detentions for mental illness at record high in Scotland

More than 6,000 people were detained in Scotland under the Mental Health Act 2003 last year, the highest figure since the legislation came into force.

Published 23 October 2019

Free event to develop mental health awareness among lawyers

The Scottish Legal Action Group (SCOLAG) is hosting a free event on 22 November which aims to develop mental health awareness among lawyers.

Published 3 October 2019

Lauren Sutherland QC speaks at international conference on law and mental health

Ampersand’s Lauren Sutherland QC was one of the speakers at the XXXVIth International Congress on Law and Mental Health Conference in Rome this week.

Published 25 July 2019

Law Society launches mental health survey

People working in Scotland’s legal sector have been urged to take part in a new survey on mental health in the workplace.

Published 14 May 2019

Independent review into mental health legislation announced

An independent review of Scotland's mental health legislation is to be conducted.

Published 20 March 2019

Consultant psychiatrist to oversee mental health in custody review

A consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist is to oversee the independent expert review of mental health and wellbeing support for young people in custody.

Published 18 January 2019