Thank you to everyone who completed last week’s poll about mental health.
Do you think the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy will improve mental health services in Scotland over the next ten years?
57% (20 respondents) said YES they do think the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy will improve mental health services in Scotland over the next ten years. 43% (15 respondents) said NO, they do not think mental health services will improve.
“I hope that the money is spent on ensuring that services are accessibly locally rather than people having to travel a long way to specialists. In rural parts of Scotland there is a particular problem especially for young people.”
“It is a missed opportunity to really transform mental health services in Scotland. The strategy lacks vision and detail and is quite woolly in parts.”
“Strategy is positive. Key aspect is the need to invest more in community services to make this happen. Volunteering also helps greatly in mental health and wellbeing and should be a good focus also.”
“It really does need a higher profile – for too long, a no-go priority”
“Having previously worked in Local Government and participated in previous Government Strategies this is just another paperwork exercise that keeps people in a Job.”
“Having had mental health since childhood. the early we can get help the better.”
“Those with mental health issues have little in the way of a voice to make representations to report failure to implement supposed improvements in mental health aid provision.”
“It definitely has to start with preventative methods at a very early stage. At the moment it is often too late and is costing the NHS a fortune.”
“I really hope it does but there needs to be continued funding after the initial 10 years programme.”
“Raising awareness, and offering improved services will encourage peoople to seek appropriate help, and reduce stigma.”