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A Chance for Change

What you said you want from the refreshed Scottish Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

This report details feedback we gathered to inform the refresh of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The feedback is largely drawn from a series of ‘Help Shape the Future of Mental Health’ conversation cafés held in March 2022. The cafés gathered the views of those with lived experience and front-line practitioners with an interest in mental health recovery.

We are delighted to be involved in the refresh of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. This report highlights that people want to see real change in mental health services and support.

People tell us they want a mental health system built on lived experience. One that equally values all types of services and support. They also called for an increased role for peer support and peer workers. Despite the challenges we all face, in our lives and in work, this is an exciting time and one where together we can bring about much needed change.

Louise Christie, Scottish Recovery Network Director

A Chance for Change

Full length and summary versions of the report are available.


The report is also informed by the results of a comprehensive engagement exercise on the future for mental health recovery in Scotland. This was undertaken in Autumn 2020 by Scottish Recovery Network at the request of our Scottish Government sponsor. This included 10 online discussion events and an online survey completed by 335 people.

Our work is collaborative in nature. We connect with people with lived experience and those developing, managing and delivering a wide range of mental health and wellbeing services and support. The discussions we have and the feedback and ideas people share with us have also informed this report.

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