Mental wellbeing is recognised as a significant public health challenge in Scotland and is one of the Cabinet Secretary’s stated priorities for the year ahead. Mental health and wellbeing are influenced by many factors including biological, social, economic, lifestyle, and genetic factors.
Understanding the interacting and often co-existing risks and adverse outcomes is an essential part of building and sustaining mentally healthy societies and reducing the adverse impacts and inequalities that often result from poor mental health and wellbeing.
Our work will support an intelligence-led approach to Public Mental Health and in delivering this, we will work closely with other groups charged with developing local responses and resources, including the Public Mental Health Special Interest Group of the Scottish Directors of Public Health group.
Our work will identify effective action to maximise the mental wellbeing of the population and prevent mental illness and suicide in support of the Programme for Government commitment.
Specific examples of work planned in this area include:
- Providing data, analysis and intelligence on public mental health outcomes and its cause across the life-course from preconception through to old age
- Providing data, analysis and intelligence to inform improvement in services and in outcomes for individuals, and to help reduce inequalities for people experiencing mental health problems. This includes providing expertise to the Distress Brief Interventions programme, and providing intelligence support to the Children and Young People's Mental Health Programme Board and Early Intervention Psychosis National Programme. We will also explore and fill gaps in intelligence to inform prevention and early intervention using innovative solutions
- Providing support to local whole systems early adopter sites around a public health approach to mental health