Scotland´s mental health

 Mental Health Strategy for Scotland 2012–2015.

‘The Scottish Government’s mental health strategy to 2015 sets out a range of key commitments across the full spectrum of mental health improvement, services and recovery to ensure delivery of effective, quality care and treatment for people with a mental illness, their carers and families.’ Mental Health Strategy for Scotland:

www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/08/9714

Seven key themes emerged from the consultation on the Mental Health Strategy.

1. Working more effectively with families and carers

Families and carers can have an important role in providing support to those with mental illness.

2. Embedding more peer to peer work and support

The work that was taken forward under Delivering for Mental Health to establish paid peer-support workers.

3. Increasing the support for self management and self help approaches

The evidence base for people taking a leading role in managing their own illness over time and the wider benefits to them that this approach offers is well established.

4. Extending the anti-stigma agenda forward to include further work on discrimination

The work that has been taken forward in Scotland through See Me is internationally recognised as establishing best practice and has been drawn on and adopted throughout the world.

5. Focusing on the rights of those with mental illness

The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 established core principles to apply to mental health services in Scotland and has firmly embedded rights at the heart of practice within services.

6. Developing the outcomes approach to include personal, social and clinical outcomes

The Scottish Recovery Network was established in 2004 to take forward the recovery model in Scotland. Recovery is the idea that individuals and services should look beyond purely clinical outcomes to see the whole person and their social and personal outcomes as equally valid.

7. Ensuring that we use new technology effectively as a mechanism for providing and delivering evidence-based services.

Many people already look to the internet and other new media approaches for help when they are in distress and this trend is likely to continue.

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