Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Scottish Government has published a new ten year mental health strategy

Taken from our ALLIANCE Web site 

The Scottish Government has published a new ten year mental health strategy, containing 40 actions and ambitions for improving mental health support and services.
Addressing the Scottish Parliament, Minister for Mental Health Maureen Watt MSP cited improving access to services and supporting early intervention as key aims of the new plan.
Mental Health Strategy
Among the 40 actions set out in the strategy for 2017-27 are:
  • Increasing the mental health workforce in Accident and Emergency, GP practices, police station custody suites and prisons – supported by an additional 800 workers
  • Testing out the most effective and sustainable models of supporting mental health in primary care settings
  • Reviewing the role of counselling and guidance services in schools to make sure that they are delivering for children and young people
  • Setting up a forum of mental health stakeholders that will meet twice a year to help guide the implementation of the strategy’s actions over the coming years
  • Improving support for preventative and less intensive services (tiers 1 and 2 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)) to tackle issues earlier
Launching the new strategy in a statement to Parliament, Minister for Mental Health Maureen Watt MSP said that the strategy had been “fundamentally shaped” by feedback from organisations and people accessing support and services, whose comments had “demonstrated passion and the need for change.”
She went on to say “the strategy is just a first step, and I believe working with stakeholders and with MSPs across the parliament it can be built on in the years to come. I believe together we can deliver the mental health support, care and services that the people of Scotland deserve.”

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