Legal Services Agency: Scottish Mental Health Week 2013
Scottish Mental Health Week takes place during 7th – 13th October 2013. Every year mental health organisations celebrate this week with events and activities to raise awareness of mental health. As a pledge signatory of ‘See Me’ Scotland, Legal Services Agency (LSA) is committed to raising awareness of mental health and assisting individuals who experience mental ill health and their relatives.
In order to mark LSA`s continuing commitment to assisting individuals with mental ill health, LSA`s Mental Health Legal Representation Project will be taking part in Scottish Mental Health Week. Firstly, LSA will be offering complimentary training to various mental health organisations and charities throughout the week. Secondly, the Mental Health Legal Representation Project usually has a Mental Legal Health Advice Line every Tuesday 11am to 1pm but during Scottish Mental Health Week will be running a dedicated daily advice line from Monday to Friday, 7th – 11th October 2013, 12noon - 1pm on 0141 353 3354 alongside this. The dedicated advice line will offer free legal advice on issues affecting those diagnosed with mental ill health. It will be open to people diagnosed with mental ill health, professionals and their relatives and/or carers alike.
One in four people will experience mental ill health at some point in their lives with nearly two thirds of the population knowing someone close to them who has experience of mental ill health. People diagnosed with mental ill health can have legal difficulties which are compounded by their diagnosis and as result often do not get the help and legal assistance they need. LSA’s Mental Health Legal Representation Project is committed to offering a high-quality, experienced and holistic service focussing on the needs and interests of people with mental ill health. The Project provides specialist legal advice, assistance, and representation to people with mental ill health, dementia and brain acquired injury, their relatives and/or carers in all aspects of Scots civil law.
The LSA Mental Health Legal Advice Line on 0141 353 3354 will run from 7th – 11th October 2013, 12noon - 1pm. All callers will be able to speak with one of the Project’s solicitors. The solicitors will be able to provide advice on a number of legal issues affecting people with mental ill health; including Advanced Statements, Named Person, Compulsory Treatment Orders, Community Care matters, Child and Family matters, Debt, Housing and all other aspects of Mental Health and Incapacity law. Where appropriate the solicitors can make appointments for callers; including home visits.
For further information regarding LSA’s Mental Health Legal Representation Project please contact our office on 0141 353 3354.
LSA is a registered charity (Charity no: SC01716) and law centre founded in 1989 which provides skilled legal advice, assistance and representation. LSA has over 20 solicitors working in four departments, running seven projects.
LSA is managed by a Board of Directors which is accountable to LSA member organisations. LSA`s professional services are organised in the firm of Brown and Co. which is accountable to the Law Society of Scotland and subject to Law Society/Scottish Legal Aid Board quality regime, as well as the Scottish Government’s National Standards for Information and Advice Providers.
LSA is funded by the Scottish Government, Comic Relief, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the local authorities in
About LSA`s Mental Health Legal Representation Project
LSA has two Mental Health Representation Projects: one based in Fleming House, Glasgow and one based in Princes House, Edinburgh.
The Projects employ nine solicitors with extensive experience of all aspects of mental health, dementia and incapacity law. A key theme of the Projects’ work is to provide a high quality holistic service to its clients and therefore whilst specialising in mental health, dementia and incapacity law other areas of practice are undertaken.
Legal Services Agency Ltd
134 Renfrew Street
Phone Number: 0141 353 3354
Freephone : 0800 316 8450
Fax Number: 0141 353 0354
For further information see: www.lsa.org.uk