Who we are

Scotland’s Mental Health Partnership is made up of 17 professional bodies and mental health third sector organisations. Our members represent, among others, those with lived experience, providers, clinical professionals, carers, community support networks and the wider third sector. Each organisation contributes its direct experience and unique perspective to create an informed collective voice on mental health.”

Our role, purpose and beliefs

The Partnership developed out of a collective desire to offer new perspectives and a progressive vision for mental health in Scotland. We are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people across Scotland and, in line with Christie Commission recommendations, promote the prevention of mental health issues and early intervention where problems do arise. We aim to:

  1. Population mental health – Increase awareness of the prevalence and consequences of poor mental health among the population and influence public attitudes towards those experiencing mental ill health.

  2. Cross-policy scope – To embed across policy areas an understanding and responsiveness to the widespread impacts decisions can have on mental health.

  3. Prevention – To promote a preventative agenda to mental ill health which is informed by and meets the needs of all those with poor mental wellbeing and mental ill health.

  4. Stigma – To support action to end stigmatising and discriminatory behaviour towards people with mental health problems. 

  5. Inequalities – To promote the understanding of the link between health, socioeconomic and cultural inequalities and mental health, and the need for measures to address these.

  6. Support, care and treatment – Improve the provision, accessibility and quality of mental health support, care and treatment in Scotland, with a focus on ensuring these are person centred, rights based and empowering. Alongside this is promoting, at a minimum, a parity of esteem between mental and physical health care provision


We believe that there is an appetite and need for a significant shift in our approach to mental health in Scotland and that by working in unity, complex change is more achievable. 

This is driven both by a desire to reduce the incidence of mental health issues and to improve outcomes and experiences for those experiencing problems. We recognise the increasing burden and costs associated with mental health issues but also see the opportunities afforded by, for example, the use of new technology, the democratisation of personal information and generally conducive policy environment. We also believe there is great potential for citizens and communities to assume active roles in mental health promotion and support.