The manifesto focuses on a future where good mental health and wellbeing is enjoyed by everyone, and urges Scottish Government to make mental health a priority through the Promote, Prevent and Provide framework:
- Promote better mental health and wellbeing for the whole population.
- Prevent mental ill health in communities at highest risk.
- Provide an appropriate choice of support, care, and treatment for people experiencing severe mental ill health.
Ahead of the election, the Partnership proposes a new way of thinking about how to ensure stigma and discrimination is challenged and that better mental health and wellbeing can be delivered for all, focusing on promotion, prevention and providing the right support. Covering mental health services, community-based support and prevention initiatives, and the promotion of better wellbeing for everyone, the proposals for change are based on needs of people living with, and at risk of, mental ill health.
The Partnership states that tackling stigma and discrimination, and addressing the barriers and issues they create, must be seen as an essential part of all action to improve mental health to enable people who experience mental health problems to live full lives.
As part of the Partnership, See Me wants to see public health messaging highlighting what stigma and discrimination looks and feels like and empower people to challenge it, while encouraging and equipping people across Scotland to talk openly about their own and others’ mental health without fear. They believe that to help prevent people struggling, people with experience of mental health problems must be supported to actively participate in work which can prevent mental health stigma and discrimination from occurring, including service design and decision making.
For further information, please visit the Scotland Mental Health Partnership website.
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