Advance statements

How can supported decision-making help people actively participate in decisions that affect them?

There are many different ways people can be supported to participate in decisions that affect them, particularly in mental health and wellbeing.

Advance Statements are a powerful tool that can help people articulate their needs and wishes when subject to mental health law. Unfortunately there is a lack of awareness that such a tool exists and very few people have written an advance statement. In this showcase the Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow will talk about their Peer Volunteer Advance Statements Project which aims to support people with lived experience of mental health problems by promoting and delivering peer facilitated sessions to develop Advance Statements.

Independent Advocacy is another strong means by which people can participate in decisions that affect them. The Advocacy Project will talk about their work, including delivering independent advocacy services to people with lived experience of mental health problems, as well as wider services to support engagement and participation in local and national consultations.


  • Gordon McInnes (Development Worker, Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow)
  • Laura Bogucki (Operations Manager, Glasgow Mental Health Advocacy Service, The Advocacy Project)
  • Shaben Begum MBE (Director, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance) (Chair)


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One thought on “Advance statements

  1. Patients Council, REH says:

    Advanced statements have been part of service users rights under the 2003 Mental Health Care and Treatment Act, 2003 but I wonder how much uptake there has been and how,much AS are adhered to (by psychiatrists) in terms of protecting service users rights. For example, if medication or ECT is an issue, do service users have the right to engage In objective dialogue on the pros and cons given that today’s service users are more enlightened and engaged In their treatment options. It has recently been announced in the media that service users in Northern Ireland, the country top of the European league on ECT usage, can no longer treat someone with ECT if they object, regardless of their mental health status.


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