Last week, the Scottish Government has launched the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Scotland

Scotland’s Mental Health Partnership (SMHP) has cautioned that a robust, detailed and fully resourced Delivery Plan and an effective Workforce Strategy will be required to ensure that the ambitions of the Strategy can be realised.

Lee Knifton, Chair of Scotland’s Mental Health Partnership, said: “We welcome the ambitious vision of the Strategy and are especially pleased to see the adoption of the Promote, Prevent, Provide framework, which we developed and published last year.

“We are also pleased to see commitments to tackle stigma and to develop mental health promotion and prevention activities in addition to enhancing the provision of high quality mental health services.

“To deliver the Strategy’s vision will require both cross government action and partnerships with the wider public and third sectors. We are now extremely keen to engage with Government in discussions on developing comprehensive plans to implement the Strategy.

”As well as action to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the population as a whole, we want to see measurable steps to improve the lives of people with more complex and enduring mental illness.”

It is anticipated that consultation on a detailed Delivery Plan will take place over the summer. The Partnership will be working to ensure that clear and specific actions, measurable targets and a governance structure to review progress made are included.

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