A new strategy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people across Scotland has been published.
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, published in partnership with the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), is built around three pillars of “Promote, Prevent, Provide”:
The strategy reflects views from more than 18 months of consultation, with a particular focus on the voices of lived experience and the role of inequalities. It details the standard of help people can expect, and outlines that it should be available locally where possible. It also recognises that specialist services are a crucial part of a high-functioning mental health system.
Social determinants and underlying causes of poor mental health have shaped the new approach, with a renewed focus on prevention and early intervention.