Support in Mind Scotland has today launched a survey on the Scottish Government’s next Mental Health Strategy, seeking the views of the public to help shape the priorities in the upcoming publication.

The Scottish Government is preparing its 10-year mental health strategy – to be launched later this year – and Support in Mind Scotland is continuing discussions with the Scottish Government and partners in the third sector to influence the future priorities of the government.

Following consultation with its members, service users and carers members, Support in Mind Scotland is seeking further views of people in and outside of the organisation in advance of these final discussions.

Support in Mind's Chief Executive, Frances Simpson said: “With the Scottish Government indicating it will publish its next mental health strategy later this year following final consultation with stakeholders, we are launching a new survey in advance of these final consultation stages. This gives us a short timeframe to finalise our position.

“With 1 in 4 Scots experiencing mental health issues each year – and 1 in 100 with lived experience of psychosis or schizophrenia – we are determined the next mental health strategy reflects the needs of people experiencing mental health issues, as well as their carers, relatives and supporters.

“It is essential that the views of people with lived experience of mental health issues are taken on board. Our priority is to project the views of people with lived experience of mental health issues – and ensure the next mental health strategy reflects their needs.” 

If you want your opinions to be heard you can complete the survey – which should take under than 10 minutes – here. The survey will close on Monday 8th August.