Policy briefing

Scotland's new mental health strategy

Read our policy briefing on the Scottish government's new ten-year mental health strategy.
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Read our policy briefing on the Scottish government's new ten-year mental health strategy

Essential facts

An extra 800 mental health professionals will be placed in emergency departments, GP practices, prisons and police departments in Scotland. The pledge, which does not set out what type of staff they will be, is part of the Scottish government's mental health strategy for the next ten years.

The document also promises to increase access to early intervention services and review counselling services in schools to ensure that pupils receive timely support. The strategy has steps to improve delivery of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), including an audit to look at concerns over rejected referrals, and action taken as a result.

It commits to testing and evaluating sustainable models

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