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Paper calling for 'radical change' in mental health policy launched

Updated: Jun 9, 2022

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Scotland’s leading mental health organisations are calling for a radically different Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Scotland in a new paper published today.

‘How we meet the mental health needs of all Scots’ has been developed by Scotland’s Mental Health Partnership, with input from its 17 member organisations from across the voluntary sector, and outlines a collective vision of a Scotland where good mental health and wellbeing can be enjoyed by all.

Seeking to influence the development of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy, its proposals extend across all walks of life, including:

• Adopting a “Promote, Prevent, Provide” approach so that we foster good mental health for all whilst also providing high quality services for those with mental health conditions.

• ensuring mental health is prioritised in all policies through a mental health impact assessment

• Developing a workforce strategy that enables new models of person-centred care to be provided

• A new consistent self-management approach to maintain recovery and prevent relapse among those with long term conditions

Policy Lead for the Partnership, Gordon Johnston, said: “Scotland is a very different place in 2022. We face new challenges on top of those that existed before Covid. Mental health and wellbeing has become more prominent in public consciousness during the pandemic and now is the time to capitalise with bold actions.”

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