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Mental health

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  • Submitted: 28/01/2005
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Mental health is one of the most important issues in society. Nowadays, more and more people suffer from mental illnesses, a fact that seems to increase the need for the elimination of this problem. In Scotland, one in four people are likely to develop mental health problems (www.samh.org.uk). The Scottish Act related to mental health is the "Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003" which replaces the "Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 (www.mentalhealth.org.uk).

The form of the new Act aims to provide effective care and treatment in people with mental illnesses (www.scotland.gov.uk). The term 'mental illness' covers mental health problems, personality disorders and learning disabilities (Pilgrim-Rogers, 1999). Society seems to demand changes of the law concerning mental health in order to improve the life of people who are mentally ill. Moreover, sociology claims that mental illness depends on several factors mentioning also the extent of discrimination within society.

The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 was passed in April 2003 and is going to be implemented by April 2005 (www.markwalton.net). A lot of people co-operated and participated to develop the Act, including those involved in mental health care and treatment, patients and people

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