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.

To help us achieve this aim, we worked together to develop a 3-year strategy setting out our national priorities that would direct our work, and that described the outcomes and activities we would undertake.

Our core principle is that everything we do and say is based on the experience of those whom we support, so we are committed to developing an evidence base for all our work.

National Priorities

  • Responsive local services - we aim to deliver quality services across Scotland, targeting some of the most rural and isolated areas of the country; we aim to improve people's health and wellbeing, keep people well and prevent unnecessary hospital admission
  • A stronger voice for members - we asked our members what mattered to them about being part of Support in Mind Scotland and they told us that they wanted us to give them a voice to influence change
  • Increased understanding and awareness of mental illness and mental health problems - we know that stigma and discrimination is still one of the biggest barriers people face to getting the support they need when they need it, so raising awareness and understanding is an important aspect of our policy work
  • Human rights at the heart of policy and practice - it is vital that people with mental ill-health and their families can live with dignity and respect, with the same opportunities and hopes for the future as everyone else, therefore we will ensure that people's rights are upheld in everything that we do
  • Strong and sustainable national presence - we cannot achieve our aim if we do not continue to learn and develop as an organisation, so we have put in place a national quality project to ensure that we develop and support our staff, and find the resources we need to sustain our services

National Themes

Support in Mind Scotland believes that we have specific expertise in understanding and responding to serious mental ill-health and so we have identified some themes that are of particular interest to us:

  • Health Inequalities - addressing the poorer physical health outcomes for those with serious mental illness
  • Forensic Mental Health Services - supporting family members of those who face detention and secure care
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - supporting young people and their families who are at risk of moving into adult psychiatric services
  • Responding to crisis and distress - lobbying for improved support specifically for those who are taken into custody as a place of safety

Evidence Base

We are committed to developing an evidence base for all our work. The studies we have undertaken since 2012:

  • A survey of our members' physical health, wellbeing and priorities for action
  • Place of Safety - Safe Place to Be - a small case study report of what it is like to be taken into custody whilst in distress
  • Exploring the Experiences of Forensic Mental Health Carers - a research study carried out by the University of Central Lancashire
  • The Scottish Schizophrenia Survey - a survey of people's experiences in Scotland living with schizophrenia, supported by Edinburgh University