Under the Single Outcome Agreement between the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), the Scottish Government sets the direction, policy and overarching outcomes for policy, but leaves detailed management of local services to
local authorities [external site] in order to develop and deliver in co-operation with community planning partnerships. In the area of mental health improvement, the main roles of the Scottish Government are to:
Local governmentMost council services – including education, community care, employment and social inclusion – are directly relevant to mental health improvement. The main roles of local government are to:
NHS Scotland has a lead role in health improvement as ‘every healthcare contact is a health improvement opportunity’. The main roles of the NHS in mental health improvement are:
The third sector
third sector [external site] makes a significant contribution to the mental health improvement agenda. Its key roles are to:
Advocating for individual responsibility and self-help in mental health improvement is set within a framework, with equal attention to the creation of mentally healthy environments within which individuals and communities are empowered. Improvement to mental wellbeing may be achieved through interventions that change:
If you need to talk to someone
Keep up to date with what's going on.
Sign up to our monthly e-bulletin.