Policy and advocacy in Scotland

We work to develop evidence-based mental health policies to help to create a society in which everyone can enjoy good mental health.

We advocate for a preventative approach to mental health problems, so our policy development takes a cross-government approach, targeting the root causes of mental ill-health. Our Policy and Public Affairs team works closely with our Research and Programmes teams, taking forward what we learn from these areas.

For more information, please contact: Shari McDaid (Head of Policy and Impact Scotland and NI) on [email protected].

Mental Health and Climate Change - COP26

One consequence of climate change, which is attracting more and more interest, is the impact it is having on our mental health and wellbeing.
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Our work

Loneliness research and policy report - Scotland

This report explores what it’s like to be lonely: its causes, consequences and the groups of people who are more likely to experience severe and enduring loneliness.

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2021 Scottish Parliament election campaign

Read more about our 2021 Scottish Parliament election campaign.

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Tackling poverty for good mental health

Read our blog about our partnership with The Poverty Alliance.

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Children and Young People Consultation

What are the key issues around health and wellbeing for children and young people in Scotland?

Fair Work Consultation

As the Mental Health Foundation’s expertise is in public mental health, we are particularly concerned about the barriers to fair work as these relate to preventing mental health problems.

Perinatal Mental Health Services Consultation

Submission to the consultation on perinatal mental health services.

Universal Basic Income

Close to a quarter of children and one fifth of working age adults live in poverty in Scotland. The impact of this contributes to Scotland having the highest suicide rate in the UK and the highest level of drug related deaths in western Europe.