Update: What’s next for mental health recovery in Scotland?

26th November 2020

Hundreds of people from across the country have fed into a national engagement on the future of mental health recovery.

Our national survey was completed by 335 people. We ran 10 online discussion events that brought together people from communities, services, organisations, and health and social care partnerships. In this online space, they explored what can we build on, change, and create to make recovery an integral day-to-day part of our mental health systems.

This has resulted in a wealth of insights, ideas, and ambitions for a refreshed vision and strategy for mental health recovery in Scotland.

Next steps

We are currently working with Ruthless Research to pull together and analyse all the information from our engagement activity. In the New Year, we will publish a report to share the learning. The report will also consider the findings from engagement work over the past 6 months around:

  • Meaningful connections: How peer support in Scotland adapted to a digital world during Covid-19
  • Build back better: What a recovery mind-set can offer the future of Scotland’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Staying connected: Insights and inspiration from people on staying well during and after lockdown

As we continue to work with the Scottish Government and collaborate with partners, the learning from the report will inform discussions and action around what comes next for recovery. It will be used to make sure lived experience influences how we design and develop mental health support and help our planning as an organisation for the next 3-5 years.

We would like to thank all the individuals, communities, organisations, and services who took the time to contribute their views and experiences. We would also like to congratulate Patricia Currie who won the survey prize draw for an Amazon voucher!


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