Addressing inequalities in Scotland

There are a number of efforts underway to address inequalities in access and provision of mental health care in Scotland.

These include efforts by the Scottish Government through working groups, the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and public health research organisations.

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Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

The Commission is working on a Ethnically Diverse Communities Project exploring the experience of people from diverse ethnic communities who have mental illness; the training offered to staff to meet their needs and the workforce diversity (and particularly the extent to which it meets and reflects the population served) by health board; and the extent to which the Commission meets the needs of all communities

Scottish Government

The recently formed Equalities & Human Rights Forum is driving much of this work. The vision of the Forum is to look at the causes of mental health inequality at a structural and individual level and to address these inequalities by informing inclusive and fair policy and practice that meets the needs of those most affected by mental health inequality.

It aims to do this by ensuring the Forum is a mechanism for the views of equality and human rights organisations and those with lived experience to be at the heart of our policy and practice for mental health. These views and perspectives will be central to the delivery of the Transition and Recovery Plan for Mental Health, and will advise and guide the Scottish Government on the development and implementation of mental health policy.
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