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Our mission is to be a leading and independent voice in promoting a society where people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions are treated fairly, have their rights respected, and have appropriate support to live the life of their choice.

We do this by empowering individuals and their carers, monitoring mental health and incapacity law, and influencing and challenging service providers and policy makers.

Individuals may be vulnerable because they are less able, at times, to safeguard their own interests. They can have restrictions placed on them in order to receive care and treatment. When this happens, we make sure it is legal and ethical. We draw on our experience of health and social care, and the experience of people who use services and their carers/relatives.

All our publications

The Mental Welfare Commission produces a range of publications, from investigations into the treatment of individuals, to good practice guides for professionals.

Our publications are for a range of audiences including professionals, service users and carers. You can download all of our publications from our website. We also have some hard copies of our reports available.

To request a hard copy, please contact our Communications department on 0131 313 8782 or email enquiries@mwcscot.org.uk.