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Mental health recovery has become part of our dialogue and informs some policy and practice. Strategies reference recovery and people feel more comfortable talking about it. Unfortunately this has not resulted in a mental health system designed and delivered to support people on their recovery journey. It’s time for transformation!

A Chance for Change

Building on our engagement work we ran a series of ‘Help Shape the Future of Mental Health’ conversation cafés in March 2022. The cafés gathered the views of those with lived experience of mental health challenges and front-line practitioners.

The A Chance for Change report (link to different versions of the report below) identifies a number of outcomes you want to see from the new Scottish Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. A short animation also gives an overview.

Further engagement sessions were held in August 2022 exploring the key actions needed to achieve these outcomes. The views and opinions you have shared with us have informed our response the the recent consultation on the new Mental Health Strategy.

A Chance for Change

What you told us you want to see from a Scottish Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy refresh.

Download the report

Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan ‘A new future for mental health’ outlines how we will work with others to create a mental health system powered by lived experience. It sets our our vision, mission, values and strategic aims. Over the next three years we will work with others to:

  • Improve the engagement of people with lived experience in the development of mental health strategy and implementation
  • Develop peer support opportunities and peer working roles across the mental health system
  • Support the transformation of mental health services and supports through the adoption of recovery concepts and approaches

Strategic plan (2021-2024)

How can we bring about the changes needed to transform Scotland’s mental health system? (BSL version available).

Access Strategic Plan