Experience of having a dual diagnosis in Scotland


1. Experience of having a dual diagnosis in Scotland

Who we are
The Mental Welfare Commission is set up to protect the rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and other conditions. We do this by visiting people and making sure their rights are upheld. Where this is not happening we will look into the situation and may follow up with an investigation. We also produce information and advice and make sure any actions taken under the Mental Health Act are legal.

What we are doing
We are trying to find out about the experiences, care and treatment and support for people who have a mental illness/mental health problem and also substance use, including alcohol. This will help us to make recommendations to health boards and others for change in the future.

We are keen to speak to people with direct personal experience of these issues and to people who have experience of this in the past who are now in recovery– if this is you; then this questionnaire applies to you. We would be very grateful indeed if you could complete it or speak to us about getting help in filling it in.

We will also be speaking to and finding out the opinions of relatives, carers, friends, doctors, other health professionals and support staff.

How you can help us
To help us better understand what is working well and what is not working so well about care, treatment and support for people with dual diagnosis, this questionnaire includes questions about a range of topics. This can be filled in online or in a private interview with a member of staff from the Commission.

This survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. You can save and continue the survey later if you need to. You do not have to complete all of the survey if you do not want to. The closing date for responses is 31 January 2022.

The information you provide
We ask some information about you and the person you support, like your health board, age, gender and ethnicity. This is just so we can identify which services are used and what particular difficulties they cause for different people.

We will summarise responses and may use quotes to explain people’s experiences better. We will never include any personal information (like age and gender) with these quotes or any other identifying information.

Privacy policies
We are using Smart Survey. Their privacy statement is available here. The Commission’s privacy policy is available here.

What happens next
National findings will be presented in a report which will be published on our website in late spring 2022. If you have any questions about this project you can email project manager Mark Manders at mark.manders@nhs.scot.