mental health care

Briefing that gives an overview of mental health in Scotland. It first discusses mental health within a global and European context, before focussing in more detail on the picture in Scotland. 

It reviews what is currently known regarding the prevalence of mental health conditions, the organisation of mental health services, the current legislative and policy framework that underpins mental health service provision, how these services are regulated and monitored, and finally, the costs and funding of mental health services.

Population demographics are changing. Technology continues to develop at a rapid pace. The recovery movement in mental health continues to grow, as does a focus on integration. At the same 
time, demand continues to increase and significant questions are being asked about where future investment in the NHS might come from. Currently, there is a lack of a sustainable and coherent national plan to tackle these issues.
 

Covert medication is the administration of any medical treatment in disguised form.  These guidelines cover:

  • The legal framework for the use of covert medication
  • Practical guidance in how to administer it
  • A suggested care pathway for its use
  • Case examples

Paper that makes a first attempt at assessing whether peer support provides value for money, looking specifically at whether peer support workers can reduce psychiatric inpatient bed use, either by preventing admissions or by shortening lengths of stay. Because of the very high cost of inpatient care, the savings that result from even small changes in bed use may be sufficient to outweigh the costs of employing peer workers.

Resources, advice and ideas for getting involved, offering support and taking action on issues that affect people with mental health issues.

Paper that examines what recovery means for the families and friends of people with mental health conditions. It suggests ways in which these informal carers can support recovery and looks at how mental health services can give the best possible help to do this.

It also provides information about key resources, including the Triangle of Care and a Wellbeing Recovery Plan for families and friends.

This leaflet provide information about getting help for people who are worried about their own or someone else's mental health. It was published by Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) in 2011.

Report that concludes the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health’s inquiry into the impact of recent NHS reforms on mental health services. It sets out the views on the potential threats and opportunities created by the NHS reforms, and recommendations for politicians and commissioners.