Mental health and wellbeing strategy

Strategy laying out our approach to improving mental health for everyone in Scotland.

Appendix 1: Scottish Government policies and programmes in support of this Strategy

Key Policy Drivers

This Strategy has to connect and align with other policies and frameworks together with relevant legislation. This includes but is not limited to:

Equality and Inclusion

  • A Fairer Scotland for Older People: Framework for Action
  • Ending Destitution Together Strategy
  • Anti-Racist Employment Strategy
  • Equally Safe Strategy
  • Strategy for Our Veterans
  • Coming Home Implementation report – five recommendations
  • New Scots: Refugee Integration Strategy (refresh)
  • Policy on ending conversion practices
  • Upcoming Non-Binary Equality Action Plan
  • Hate Crime Strategy
  • Women's Health Plan

Human Rights

  • Policy on incorporation of Human Rights
  • Incorporation of the UNCRC
  • Policy on autism, learning disability and neurodiversity
  • SNAP 2 – Scotland's second National Human Rights Action Plan
  • Equalities and Human Rights Mainstreaming Strategy
  • National Trauma Training Programme


  • Ending Homelessness Together
  • Policy on Housing Standards
  • Rented Sector Strategy (upcoming)

Fair Work, Employability and Skills

  • Greater importance on employment and fair work
  • Fair Work Action Plan


  • Greater importance on financial inclusion, including provision of household financial advice
  • National Strategy for Economic Transformation, including the Wellbeing Economy approach
  • Free school meals
  • Free bus travel


  • Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland

Early Learning and Childcare

  • Best Start – Strategic Early Learning and School Age Childcare Plan

Children and Young People

  • Recommendations made by the Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Delivery Board
  • The Promise
  • Children, Young Peoples and Families Outcomes Framework
  • Children's Services Planning
  • Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)
  • Whole Family Wellbeing Funding
  • Care Leavers and Care Experience
  • Early Childhood Development
  • School Nursing (Transformed Role)
  • Universal Health Visiting Pathway
  • Mainstreaming Children's Rights


  • Vision for Justice in Scotland
  • Priority of mental health pathway development
  • Trauma-informed approaches and training
  • Youth Justice and Children's Hearings (the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act review)

Safer Communities

  • Upcoming Violence Prevention Framework
  • A Connected Scotland Strategy
  • UK Online Safety Bill
  • Renewal of play parks and outdoor play
  • Equally Safe, funding for women and girls' counselling services
  • Social Isolation and Loneliness: Recovering our Connections

Health and Social Care

  • National Care Service
  • Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019
  • Getting it Right for Everyone (GIRFE)
  • Dementia Strategy for Scotland
  • Scottish Mental Health Law Review response
  • See Hear Strategy (2024 refresh)
  • New Young Carer Strategy
  • National Carers Strategy
  • A Connected Scotland Strategy
  • Self-directed Support Improvement Plan
  • British Sign Language National Plan (upcoming)
  • Spiritual Care Framework
  • Care in the Digital Age
  • Data-Driven Care in the Digital Age
  • Bereavement
  • End of life care

Planning and Infrastructure

  • Blue and green infrastructure 'green spaces'

Population Health

  • Drug Deaths Taskforce Response: A Cross-Government Approach
  • Greater importance on physical health
  • Clinical priorities
  • Primary Care Health Inequalities
  • Healthcare Planning: Curriculum for Patient Safety (upcoming)

Social Justice

  • Best Start, Bright Futures:Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2022-2026



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