Scottish Government COVID-19 mental health plan published

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationType: News Item Date Published: 9th October 2020

The 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): mental health-transition and recovery plan' sets out its response to the mental health impacts of the pandemic.

The plan outlines the key areas of mental health need that have arisen as a result of COVID-19 and lockdown, and the actions that the Scottish Government will take to respond to that need.

It notes that some of the work described had been started before the pandemic, but this has been included because it continues to be relevant to the ongoing response. The Scottish Government notes that:

“As we learn to live with the pandemic, we will continue to support good mental health and wellbeing, to help people manage their own mental health, and to build their emotional resilience. We want to ensure that people get the right support, at the right time, and in the right setting – this includes when mental illness does occur. We will support mental health recovery in a way that is personal to each individual’s journey, and which focuses on their rights.”

Themes and population groups focused on in the plan include:

  • Whole Population Mental Health
  • Employment
  • Ensuring Equity and Equality
  • Socio-Economic Inequalities
  • Relationships
  • Children, Young People and Families
  • Women and Girls’ Mental Health
  • People With Long-Term Physical Health Conditions and Disabilities
  • Older People
  • People Who Have Suffered Bereavement and Loss
  • Distress Interventions
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Clinical Rehabilitation and Recovery from Covid-19 Infection
  • A Long-Term, Trauma-Informed Approach to Recovery
  • Digital Innovations
  • Mental Health Services
  • Forensic Mental Health Services
  • Mental Health Law

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