Support in Mind Scotland is a mental health charity with nearly 50 years’ experience in tackling mental health and supporting those with poor mental health across Scotland.

Our aim is to improve the quality of life for anyone whose mental health problems or mental illness has a serious impact on their life and on the lives of others, including family members, friends and supporters.

  • 1,300 people supported each week across our services 
  • 46,000 hours provided in 1-to-1 support in the past year 
  • 2,986 hours of volunteering by people who use our services 
  • 140 Organisations joined National Rural Mental Health Forum, run by Support in Mind Scotland  

Manifesto Requests

  1. People have a right to good mental health no matter where they live in Scotland. Support in Mind Scotland asks that parity of access to mental health support be enshrined in legislation and policy reflects that rurality be accounted for in decision making. 

  2. Carers and family members of people treated under the Mental Health Act, must have a right to independent advocacy when liberty might be removed. A right to advocacy would ensure that local advocacy services were available for people in their community. Carers of those who are being treated under the Mental Health Act have to support people who are subject to regulation and need specialist information and guidance at the most difficult of times.

  3. Support in Mind Scotland calls for a commission to review provision for older people. There is a lack of suitable care homes to meet the needs of older people with mental illness that is not dementia.  leaving older people either badly-supported at home or in inappropriate dementia wards. improved residential services is needed for older people with mental health illness, when they also have failing physical health.  

  4. Parity of esteem for physical and mental health care:  Resources are needed to enable people with serious mental illness to be properly checked and treated for poor physical health – including investing in third sector agencies to support people to take up screening programmes and engage with treatments. Prevention and early intervention at early stages of poor mental and physical health leads to savings for Government.

  5. Early intervention is essential for young people. A commitment to early intervention services to identify young people at risk and ensure they are fast-tracked to appropriate support as we know that this has much better long term outcomes – Partnership working with Government, NHS, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) would increase capacity and create more integrated joined up working.

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