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A consultation event will be held on 1st April in Galashiels to discuss proposals for a draft Mental Health (Scotland) Bill. This draft Bill brings forward changes to improve the operation of the 2003 Mental Health Act – notably in relation to named persons, advance statements, medical matters and suspension of detention.

In addition, the draft Bill makes provision for a Victim Notification Scheme for victims of Mentally Disordered Offenders

Kirsty McGrath from the Scottish Government Protection of Rights and Mental Health Unit, will be leading the discussions. This is an opportunity to feed in  ideas and comments about the planned changes – see the Scottish Government website for more information.

Wendy McAuslin, Development coordinator with Voices of eXperience (VOX) will also be attending to talk about Human Rights and Mental Health.

For more information about the event, or to book a place, call 01896 757290 or e-mail or




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