Scotland's new Mental Health Strategy was launched yesterday, setting out the government's objectives 2012-2015, towards improving mental health and treating 'mental illness'. The challenge, achievements and policy context. A brief summary:
- 3 Quality Ambitions - person-centred, safe and effective health and care
- 7 Key Themes
- Working more effectively with families and carers
- Embedding more peer to peer work and support
- Increasing the support for self management and self help approaches
- Extending the anti-stigma agenda forward to include further work on discrimination
- Focusing on the rights of those with mental illness
- Developing the outcomes approach to include, personal, social and clinical outcomes
- Ensuring that we use new technology effectively as a mechanism for providing information and delivering evidence based services
- 4 Key Change Areas
- 36 Commitments underpinning the strategy
A number of topics caught my eye on initial reading - crisis houses, focus on families and carers, self help and a move away from the 'illness' model.
A positive start to potential improvements and shifting perspectives. For the sake of you and I and all of us who experience problems of living that affect our mental health.