Influencing policy Influencing change: our policy work Support in Mind Scotland has an important role in promoting the rights of the people we support, particularly those who are treated under the Mental Health Act, and other related legislation. We take a close interest in the development of national strategies and any policy developments that impact on people with mental health problems and mental illness and their families, friends and carers. We actively seek out and enter into partnerships and participate in working groups to ensure that the voices of those we support are heard. We engage in parliamentary activity and seek to develop productive relationships with politicians and decision-makers at national and local level. Our Policy Programme 2014-2017 We have developed a policy programme to bring about change at strategic level, and we have matched this with new developments in services that aim to bring about change in people’s everyday lives.