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Dundee Mental Health Officer Service

A Mental Health Officer is a social worker appointed by Dundee City Council to carry out assessments under two main pieces of legislation.

Sometimes it is necessary for people with a severe or acute episode of mental disorder to receive treatment they do not agree with. A person cannot be detained within a hospital without the consent of a Mental Health Officer. In such circumstances, the officer will provide a person with information regarding the relevant legislation and facilitate independent representation, e.g. advocacy Services and/or legal representation.

Mental Health Officers also provide reports for Welfare Guardianship applications under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and can give advice in relation adults at risk of harm.

For more information about Mental Health Officers please view the following publications.