Coronavirus (COVID-19): mental health - transition and recovery plan - summary

This summary document highlights our key commitments to respond to the mental health impacts of COVID-19 as set out in the full plan.


  • The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every single person in Scotland. Many of us have been anxious or worried about our health, our family and friends, and changes to our way of life.
  • Some individuals, families and communities will have found the past few months really tough. Inequalities play a significant role in this, and we know that the mental health impact of Covid-19 will not have been felt equally across Scotland.
  • We have published a plan which outlines the Scottish Government's response to the mental health impacts of Covid-19 and lockdown. It addresses the challenges that the pandemic has had, and will continue to have, on the population's mental health.
  • The plan lays out key areas of mental health need that have arisen as a result of Covid-19 and lockdown, and the actions that the Scottish Government will take to respond to that need.
  • Our actions cover four different types of need:

1. Promoting and supporting the conditions for good mental health and wellbeing at population level.

2. Providing accessible signposting to help, advice and support.

3. Providing a rapid and easily accessible response to those in distress.

4. Ensuring safe, effective treatment and care of people living with mental illness.



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