Next steps for mental health and wellbeing in Scotland

Location: Central Edinburgh
Organiser: Scotland Policy Conferences

Timed to follow the publication of the new mental health strategy, expected shortly, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for improving mental health services in Scotland.

Delegates will consider key issues relating to the prevention and diagnosis of mental illness as well as the delivery of mental health services, with discussion focusing on early intervention, and access to appropriate treatment and support.

Further planned sessions will consider the next steps for improving children’s mental health, including improving access to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and reducing admissions to adult wards.

The conference will bring together policymakers from the Scottish Government and Parliament with health professionals, representatives of mental health organisations, trade unions, stakeholders in education and training, local government, and healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, academics and commentators, third sector organisations, and user groups.

At this early stage, we are delighted that Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, The Scottish Government and Tam Baillie, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland have agreed to deliver keynote addresses. 

Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Roch Cantwell, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, Perinatal Mental Health Service, NHS GGC and Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Perinatal Faculty; Dr Alastair Cook, Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland and Medical Director, North Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership; Mark Fleming, Programme Lead, Mental Health/eHealth, NHS Ayrshire and Arran; Gordon Johnston, Chair, Bipolar Scotland; Professor Stephen Lawrie, Director of the Scottish Mental Health Research Network and Head of the Division of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh; Dr Boyd Peters, Associate Medical Director (Mental Health), NHS Highland and GP, Grantown on Spey Medical Practice; Sophie Pilgrim, Director, Kindred Scotland and Member, Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC); Elaine Torrance, President, Social Work Scotland; Billy Watson, Chief Executive, Scottish Association for Mental Health and Eilidh Wiseman, President, The Law Society of Scotland.

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Health Spokesperson, Scottish Liberal Democrats and Anas Sarwar MSP, Health Spokesperson, Scottish Labour Party have kindly agreed to chair this seminar. is an online service designed to support and encourage parents and carers of children aged 5-19, with a collection of videos addressing day-to-day questions and concerns spanning wellbeing, behaviour and learning.