New mental health strategy for Scotland


The Scottish Government have published a new mental health strategy for the next 3 years, which aims to deliver faster access to mental health services for younger people, faster access to psychological therapies, work to reduce and prevent suicide and address stigma and discrimination.

The strategy has 7 key themes, which came from the consultation that began back in September 2011:

  1. Working more effectively with families and carers
  2. Embedding more peer to peer work and support
  3. Increasing the support for self management and self help approaches
  4. Extending the anti-stigma agenda forward to include further work on discrimination
  5. Focusing on the rights of those with mental illness
  6. Developing the outcomes approach to include, personal, social and clinical outcomes
  7. Ensuring that we use new technology effectively as a mechanism for providing information and delivering evidence based services


Mental Health Strategy for Scotland: 2012-2015 (PDF). The Scottish Government, 10 Aug 2012.

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Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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