Case Studies

These case studies demonstrate some of the mental health improvement work being carried out across Scotland.

Are You Really Listening?

This project aims to tackle the stigma of mental ill health in black and minority ethnic communities. Participants were encouraged to share their experiences of stigma, and a selection of these stories were printed in booklet form by NHS Health Scotland.

Health and wellbeing in all that we do

'Health and wellbeing in all that we do' is training toolkit developed for school staff. It combines elements of 'Curriculum for Excellence' and 'Towards a Mentally Flourishing Scotland'.

Healthy Minds

This training programme aims to increase the awareness of mental wellbeing in school communities, beginning with staff training for Associated School Groups.

Branching Out

'Branching Out' is an award winning programme which encourages people experiencing mental health problems to make use of Scotland's forest and woodland areas.

Theatre NEMO

The Glasgow-based charity Theatre NEMO promotes positive mental health through creativity and the arts. It specialises in work with psychiatric hospitals and prisons.


Play@home is a resource for new parents, offering ideas to help infants learn through movement and play. The approach promotes the mental wellbeing of both parents and children.

Young Scot Extra

Young Scot Extra is a set of services for young people up to the age of 26. It aims to improve health, employability and financial inclusion, and mental wellbeing is an important part of the package.

Raploch Urban Regeneration Project

With help from the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, this charity has revamped its workforce mental health policies.


STEPS is a primary care mental health team that takes a creative approach to tackling mental health problems in a hard-to-reach community.


This case study looks at a befriending service for people in later life who have lived experience of mental ill health.

Coping with dementia

This DVD was developed for carers of people with dementia, to help them learn from the experiences of others.

Jobcentre Plus

The Jobcentre Plus mental health initiative is a training programme currently rolling out across Jobcentre Plus in Scotland, with the aim of addressing absences due to stress, anxiety and depression.


LGBT Age is a befriending and social events service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people aged 50 and over

Perth and Kinross Communities Collaborative

Perth and Kinross Healthy Communities Collaborative is a community led health promotion initiative. It works with older people from specific communities, to their improve health and quality of life.

Forensic patient health improvement record

Secure mental health units at Rowanbank Clinic and Leverndale Hospital developed a comprehensive record to capture information on adult patients’ physical health and wellbeing.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde medical emergency training

This programme has equipped senior mental health nurses to deliver medical emergency training. Ward staff can now identify deterioration in physical health. They have developed the confidence to respond quickly and effectively to serious incidents and use emergency equipment properly.

Promoting health and wellbeing: a physical health reporting tool

NHS Ayrshire and Arran has developed a tool to pull together details of the physical health of patients with a serious mental illness.

Monklands Hospital smoking cessation support

Mental health wards at Monklands District General Hospital have become smoke-free. Healthy lifestyle and smoking cessation support help service users succeed in efforts to quit, both in hospital and after discharge.

North West Kilmarnock Community Capacity (external link)

The Community Capacity Building Group (CCBG) aims to mobilise local people to drive the development of their own community.

Ayrshire anti-stigma workshop (external link)

The Ayrshire Anti-Stigma Group (AASG) has been operating since 2004. The group has developed a 90-minute workshop to raise awareness of stigma and discrimination in relation to mental health.

DanceAbility (Ayrshire) (external link)

DanceAbility (Ayrshire) has been operating since 2010. It engages with people with learning disabilities in a variety of settings, and offers dance and movement classes.

Dundee Sources of Support (SOS) social prescribing and community referral scheme (external link)

Dundee SOS is a scheme offered to patients who present to their GP with low mood and other indicators of poor mental health. It gives people the chance to access non-medical, community-based support.

NHS Lothian guided self-help service (external link)

The guided self-help service project is run by Health in Mind, an Edinburgh charity that promotes positive mental health and wellbeing, and is funded by NHS Lothian.


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