Mental Health Foundation publishes review of mental health services in Scotland

18 January 2016

Today, the Mental Health Foundation has published a review of Mental Health Services in Scotland in partnership with Voices of Experience (Vox) and supported by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Commissioned by the Scottish Government as Commitment One of the Mental Health Strategy for Scotland 2012 - 2015, the report reflects on the successes and challenges of the current mental health system in Scotland. Collating the experiences of people using services, families and carers, practitioners, commissioners and stakeholders, it makes a number of practical recommendations to build on progress already made.

The review follow news that the Scottish Government is investing an additional £54 million in mental health services over the next four years with a focus on expanding provision for children and young people and improving the availability of psychological therapies to all.

Isabella Goldie, Director of Development and Delivery at the Mental Health Foundation said:

"Focused on the experience of people with living with mental health problems, their family, carers, and relevant healthcare professionals we hope this report guides and influences the development of mental health services in Scotland in the coming years.

"The direction of travel has been positive with much change for the better. But clearly there is more that needs to be done to ensure that people in Scotland have access to the mental health services they need and deserve. To this end the report sets out a number of practical recommendations to build on progress already made, which we look forward to being seen delivered in the near future."

Lee Knifton, Head of Mental Health Foundation for Scotland said:

"The real strength of this review is that it is based on the views of those using and delivering mental health services in Scotland. Much of the feedback on progress made in recent years is encouraging. However, there is of course more that could be done and we hope that this review acts as catalyst for the further development of mental health services ensuring, as far as it is possible, good mental health for all."