Here is a link to my second submission and testimony, evidence given to the
Health and Sport Committee, Scottish Parliament,
in respect of the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_HealthandSportCommittee/Inquiries/Chryss_Muirhead_-_2nd_submission.pdf
when people are unwell, they may have to be detained in hospital or
have treatment against their will. But they still have rights. We all
have human rights, and mental health law contains special rights and
safeguards to protect people.” Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
my testimony I contend that it was my family’s experience in February
2012 that the safeguards contained in the Mental Health (Care and
Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 were not safe. That the Act was not implemented properly or monitored effectively. Which resulted in my son being subject to unreasonable treatment
in Stratheden Hospital, Fife. I write about Named Person, Independent
Advocacy, Mental Health Tribunal, Advance Statement and the Mental
Welfare Commission for Scotland.
I also speak about how the Mental Health Act Principle of Respect for Carers was not adhered to:
for carers: Those who provide care to service users on an informal
basis should receive respect for their role and experience, receive
appropriate information and advice, and have their views and needs taken
In fact when I raised concerns with statutory agencies in February 2012 they focused a main part of their Adult Protection Investigation
into my character and behaviour, when my son was detained under the Act
in a locked ward and being further locked in a seclusion room in the
ward which had no toilet or water to drink. I was accused
of causing my son "psychological harm" when he was under the "care and
treatment" of NHS Fife. A psychiatrist and CPN were questioned about
me, two men who didn't know me personally, only as a carer and mother.
suspect that the label of "schizoaffective disorder" that still sits in
my "notes" has had some influence in the discriminating treatment shown
towards me in February and March, 2012. I say this because we have
copies of my son's notes from that time and it says "family history of schizoaffective disorder"
in his notes, and I am described as a "difficult and demanding
mother". I believe this was because I challenged their practices and
asked for evidence of their policies and procedures, through FOI
requests. And I advocated for my son at clinical meetings in the ward
when he wanted me there.