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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?
For me, priority 2 (i.e. focus on prevention and early intervention for infants, children and young people) is absolutely vital as it is in childhood and adolescence that people develop the habits and attitudes that they will carry with them throughout their adult life. I think that there is real scope here to improve a whole raft of measurable life outcomes by adopting a holistic and preventative approach to health by emphasizing (either explicitly or tacitly) the interconnection between physical health, mental health, social skills, diet/nutrition, and constructive interests/hobbies. If more children, especially those from more deprived backgrounds, can learn these lessons early I think it would have a measurable positive impact on Scottish society, not just mental/physical health of the nation.

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?
Ideally they should be easy to access, and tailored to suit the individual. Moreover there should be a pragmatic approach to the treatment that is given to people (i.e. to use whichever means will have the greatest benefit to the patients life).