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Mental Health Strategy

The Mental Health Strategy 2012-15 sets out the Scottish Government's priorities and commitments to improve mental health services and to promote mental wellbeing and prevent mental illness:

Seven Key Themes

The Mental Health Strategy identifies seven key themes, which emerged from the consultation process, which will be emphasised during implementation of the Mental Health Strategy:

  • Working more effectively with families and carers
  • Embedding more peer to peer work and support
  • Increasing the support for self-management and self help approaches
  • Extending the anti-stigma agenda forward to include further work on discrimination
  • Focusing on the rights of those with mental illness
  • Developing the outcomes approach to include personal, social and clinical outcomes
  • Ensuring that we use new technology effectively as a mechanism for providing information and delivering evidence based services

Four Key Change Areas

The Mental Health Strategy includes four key change areas plus work to support implementation of the Strategy:

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Rethinking How We Respond to Common Mental Health Problems
  • Community, Inpatient and Crisis Mental Health Services
  • Work with Other Services and Populations with Specific Needs
  • Activity to Support Delivery of the Mental Health Strategy

Implementation of the Mental Health Strategy

Progress on implementing the Mental Health Strategy is being overseen by a number of Implementation and Monitoring Groups, each of which is responsible for delivery of groups of related commitments. Information about each of the groups will be added shortly.

Consultation on the Mental Health Strategy

The Mental Health Strategy consultation ran from September 2011 to January 2012. There were over 340 written responses.

At the consultation event in December 2011, the then Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson indicated that he would publish emerging priorities which were likely to appear in the strategy as an early indication of how the strategy was developing. This was published in March 2012: