Mental Health In Scotland Today

A Mental Health Strategy for Scotland 2012-2015 is the Scottish Government's current policy document for mental health in Scotland.

Mental illness is one of the top public health challenges in Europe. This new strategy brings mental health improvement work and work to improve mental health services together for the first time in a single strategy. It sets out plans to work together with partners to respond to the ongoing challenge of improving mental health and wellbeing and ensuring improved services and outcomes for individuals and communities over the period to 2015.

In addition to the commitments in the mental health strategy​​ we know there is a continued need to focus on the mental health improvement agenda. 

We know that - 


  • Poor mental health can be the cause and consequence of socio economic and health inequalities
  • Mental Health improvement extends beyond mental health services
  • Focus on prevention or treatment of mental health problems​ will not deliver improved population mental health, both are required
  • The absence of mental health problems does not equate to positive mental health
  • Mental health is intrinsic to good health  and quality of life
  • People who are mentally unwell die up to 25 years earlier than general population