New guide to mental health services launched

PEOPLE accessing mental health services across Dumbarton and the Vale can now benefit from a new guide.

Published by Lomond & Argyll Advocacy Service, it offers up-to-date information about solicitors offering representation in the mental health field.

The Advocacy Service operates across the area, providing a free, confidential and independent advocacy service for older people (aged 65+), adults with learning disabilities and adults who use mental health services.

Some of service’s clients, including those subject to interventions under the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act, may also, at times, require legal representation.

Scott Rorison, Advocacy manager, said: “Our free listing provides details of those solicitors and legal firms who responded to our invitation for a listing in the booklet.

“Although inclusion in the booklet does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of any kind by Lomond & Argyll Advocacy Service, all the firms listed are members of the Law Society of Scotland and are recorded in the Law Society’s database as offering mental health legal services.

“We hope that improved access to information will help to safeguard the rights of people subject to interventions under mental health law.”

Copies of the booklet can be obtained from Lomond & Argyll Advocacy Service, telephone 0845 602 3292.