Mini Plenary – Better Mental Health in Scotland

Speakers:

Clare Haughey, MSP – Minister for Mental Health, Scottish Government

Rose Fitzpatrick – Chair, National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group

Dr Roch Cantwell – Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Lead Clinician for Perinatal Mental Health Network Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS National Services Division 

Donna Bell – Director for Mental Health, Scottish Government

This is an exciting time to be involved in mental health in Scotland. Quite simply, the country is seeing a revolution in society's attitudes toward mental health and wellbeing. It is taking place at the same time as significant advances in research and practice in the field of mental health care can be seen. 

For generations, mental health was misunderstood and stigmatised – but as a society, we now have an unprecedented opportunity to change our approach to mental health services. The Scottish Government is determined to grasp that opportunity and build a world-class mental health system that works for everyone.

It set out its ten-year Mental Health Strategy for its ambition for mental health and has committed to an additional £250 million of investment in mental health support in the Programme for Government. The aim is to: reform children and young people's mental health services; to take a 21st century approach to adult mental health; to respect, protect and fulfil rights; and to make suicide prevention everybody's business. New models of service delivery will also be introduced for perinatal mental health problems and improved infant mental health services.

Delegates will hear from those leading the improvement in mental health in Scotland, in collaboration with partners from health, justice and the third sector.