Access to health records
This section looks at your right to see your health records and how to do this. It explains what to do if you think the information on your health records is wrong. In this section, when we say ‘record’ or ‘records’, we mean your health record. This section is for people who live with mental illness and their carers.
Driving and mental illness
You must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you have certain mental illnesses. Or if your medication affects your driving. This section explains how and when to tell the DVLA about your illness or medication. It explains what could happen when you tell the DVLA and how to challenge a decision if you think it is wrong. This section is for people affected by severe mental illness.
Planning for your care - Advance statements and advance decisions
This section may be helpful if you are worried that you won’t be able to make decisions for yourself in the future. It looks at what an advance statement and an advance decision is. It explains how to make them and what happens if they aren’t followed by professionals. This section is for people who experience mental health issues and their carers.
You might have found it difficult to get what you want from the NHS or social services. Advocates can help you to express your concerns, get information and explore options for moving forward. This page explains more about what advocates do. And how they can help you and how you can find one near you.
Second opinions - About your mental health diagnosis or treatment
This information explains why you might ask for a second opinion and how to ask for it. You don’t have a legal right to a second opinion, but you can ask for one. We also look at what your options are if you ask for a second opinion and don’t get one. This information is for people over 18 and in England with a mental health condition. It’s also for their carers, friends or relatives and anyone interested in the subject.
You may have a conviction if you have admitted to or been found guilty of a crime. This page looks at what is a criminal conviction, a criminal record and when and how to tell someone about this. This page is for people with mental illness who may have been involved with the criminal justice system. And their carers, friends and relatives.
Criminal record checks
You may need to have a criminal record check if you are applying for certain jobs. This section explains what these checks are. It explains how you can find out what information is held about you, and what to do if you are unhappy with the information on your certificate. This section may help you if you’re applying for a job where you need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate. This section is for people who have experienced mental illness and their carers, family and friends.
Confidentiality of your information about your mental health
Many different organisations will need to record information about you. For example, health professionals need to keep information about your treatment. This page explains how organisations should protect the information you give them. This page is for people who live with mental illness.
Challenging cuts to mental health services
Sometimes local authorities or the NHS make cuts or closures to mental health services. They may say this is needed to modernise services, or for financial reasons. It is possible for you to challenge cuts or closures and this section suggests ways you can do this. This section is for people living with mental illness, their carers and anyone else who wants to challenge cuts.
Work and mental illness
Many people find work is important for their mental health and that work helps them feel good about themselves. You may have stopped working because of mental illness and now feel ready to go back. This page explains your options for finding work. This page is for people with mental illness who are looking for work and their carers.