On 29th June 2022, a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Scotland was published. The Strategy will mainly cover the next five years, while also setting out a longer-term vision for the mental health and wellbeing of the population.
The consultation document states: “We want to hear your views on what a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final Strategy. The Strategy will guide the work that the Government, and our partners, will do to improve mental health and wellbeing in Scotland. This will include an overall shared vision, a set of outcomes, and how we will achieve these to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing. It will also describe how we will measure the difference we’re making.”
The aim of the Strategy is to improve mental health and wellbeing for people in Scotland by incorporating the views and opinions of the people of Scotland. This covers a range of things, including:
- addressing the underlying reasons behind poor mental health;
- helping to create the conditions for people to thrive;
- challenging the stigma around mental health, and;
- providing specialist help and support for mental illness.