Compassion in Dying, in collaboration with Mind, has launched a brand new resource to mark World Mental Health Day called 'Advance Decisions and Mental Health'.
The factsheet was produced in response to enquiries both organisations have frequently received about mental health and planning ahead. Many callers to Compassion in Dying's information line are concerned that simply because they have a mental health condition their Advance Decision may not be followed, due to a presumption that they lack capacity. Others wanted to know whether Advance Decisions are followed in the event of being sectioned.
There is clearly confusion and misunderstanding among the public about their rights under the 2005 Mental Capacity Act and how their mental health might affect these, and this new factsheet is designed to answer those questions in a clear, thorough, easy-to-understand format.
Stigma and discrimination can mean that people experiencing a mental health problem feel their views, wishes or preferences aren’t taken seriously. I hope this publication produced by Compassion in Dying and Mind will give those with mental health issues the information and confidence to plan their care and feel their wishes will be respected.
- Comedian and actor Jo Brand, a long-time campaigner on both mental health and end-of-life issues