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1. Our framework sets out 8 priorities for a new Mental Health Strategy that we think will transform mental health in Scotland over 10 years. Are these the most important priorities?

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2. The table in Annex A sets out a number of early actions that we think will support improvements for mental health.

Are there any other actions that you think we need to take to improve mental health in Scotland?
Don't just call it 'Mental Heath' but expand to Emotional Health and Wellbeing and Mental Health - enables better understanding of wider issues and needs at an early recognition stage - otherwise people tend to think it's the complex end of Mental Health. Better awareness is needed for the life stages of children and young peopple. There is good recognition of need ante/peri natal and early years 0-5; but more focus on middle / late childhood/youth adolescent (8- 15 yrs). Greater understanding of development stages for this age range, brain development and emotional development. Low moods/feelings of unhappiness around relationships, hormones, self esteem. More emphasis on looking at root cause - not just treating the symptoms.

3. The table in Annex A sets out some of the results we expect to see.

What do you want mental health services in Scotland to look like in 10 years' time?
Universal awareness and support for recognising and responding to 'need' not just complex or specialst response once identified. Acceptance that at someone anyone will have an 'emotional wellbeing need' as a way of responding to/coping with life situations and there being early level support mechanisms in place to do this rather than a one way referral into the Mental Health system which may not be what is needed. Less reliance on speciallist diagnosis and support