Response to Scotland's mental health strategy for 2012-15

Release Date: 13 August 2012

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: United Kingdom

In response to the Scottish government’s mental health strategy for Scotland 2012-15,Isabella Goldie, Head of Mental Health Foundation in Scotland, has issued the following statement:

“The Mental Health Foundation welcomes the renewed commitment to mental health that today’s launch of the Scottish government’s mental health strategy brings, particularly in these difficult economic times for Scotland.  

This strategy provides a strong lead which combines mental health promotion, prevention of mental health problems and some clear actions to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems. We particularly welcome the commitment to undertake a comprehensive 10 year follow-up on the review of the state of mental health services in Scotland, as previously undertaken by our colleague Dr Sandra Grant.

The aim to improve access to proportionate levels of support for people with common mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, through access to self-management courses and psychological services, is a key component to improving public mental health.

In recognising the impact on emotional wellbeing of living with a long term condition and the role of parenting, this strategy has the potential to have a real impact on the ground, especially with its commitment to innovation through the focus on technology in supporting mental health.

However the impact of mental health stretches beyond the scope of any single mental health organisation or department and the strategy must act as a catalyst to prompt all Government Departments to take on board the need to embed mental health improvement actions across all public services.”