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Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027

Published: 30 Mar 2017
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Health and social care

The Scottish Government's approach to mental health from 2017 to 2027 – a 10 year vision.

39 page PDF


39 page PDF


Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027

39 page PDF



1. Derived from work by the Scottish Mental Health Partnership.

2. Royal College of Psychiatrists, March 2013, Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality Achieving parity between mental and physical health, Occasional paper OP88, p.20


4. NHS Health Scotland, 2016, Good Mental Health for All, p.12 accessed 19 October 2016

5. The Scottish Government, 2016, Fairer Scotland Action Plan

6. See, for example, Scottish Government, February 2016, A National Clinical Strategy for Scotland, p21, table of Longstanding illness by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation ( SIMD) quintiles 2014,; Ben Fell and Miles Hewstone, June 2015, Psychological Perspectives on Poverty, Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report, pp.19-23; Iris Elliott, (June 2016) Poverty and Mental Health: A review to inform the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Anti-Poverty Strategy. London: Mental Health Foundation

7. Scottish Government, December 2016, Health and Social Care Delivery Plan

8. See section 1A of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978; see also sections 25 and 26 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003; Scottish Government, 2007, With Inclusion In Mind: the local authority's role in promoting well-being and social development provides guidance and best practice to fulfil the duty; People with mental health problems are also protected and supported through a range of community care legislation, including the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 and Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007

9. See in particular the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Article 12. Also the: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 24; UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Article 5; UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Articles 1, 17, 25 et al.; UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Article 12.

10. SHANARRI indicators: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible, Included

11. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, July 2016, Concluding Observations on the Fifth Periodic Report… CRC/C/ GBR/ CO/5, 61. "The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Regularly collect comprehensive data on child mental health, disaggregated across the life course of the child, with due attention to children in vulnerable situations and covering key underlying determinants"

12. Scottish Government, May 2014, Guidance on Health Assessments for Looked After Children and Young People in Scotland

13. Alison Gough, October 2016, Secure Care in Scotland: Looking Ahead, Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice


15. Source: ISD Scotland A&E Datamart

16. Scottish Government, December 2015, Pulling Together: Transforming Urgent Care for the People of Scotland: National Review of Primary Care Out of Hours Services, p.32

17. accessed 31 Oct. 2016

18. Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, June 2016, Keeping Mothers and Babies In Mind, Visit and Monitoring Report: Perinatal Themed Visit report. Recommendation 13, p.6

19. Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, October 2016, Young Person Monitoring 2015/16, Statistical Monitoring Report

20. NICE, April 2016, Implementing the Early Intervention In Psychosis Standard and Waiting Time Guidance, NHS England, p.12

21. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges published "No Health without Mental Health" 2009, with a supplementary report 2011 "The supporting evidence"

22. ASH Scotland, March 2016



25. See



28. For further information on the Mental Health Officer workforce, see Mental Health Officers (Scotland) Report 2015: A national statistics publication for Scotland, Scottish Social Services Council, August 2016.

29. Institute for Social and Economic Research, 2016, Health and Employment: Findings from the largest longitudinal study of UK households, p.5


31. World Health Organisation ( WHO), 2013, Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020, p.19 Global target 4: 80% of countries will be routinely collecting and reporting at least a core set of mental health indicators every two years through their national health and social information systems (by the year 2020].


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