The SNAP Health and Social Care action group has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Mental Health in Scotland – a 10 year vision’ to highlight the potential of adopting a rights-based approach in supporting the transformation of mental health in Scotland.
The Mental Welfare Commission and the Scottish Human Rights Commission have published a report which aims to improve recognition of people’s human rights when receiving mental health care in Scotland.
Increasing the focus on human rights is a core commitment of the Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy, 2012 – 2015. The report, Human Rights In Mental Health Care In Scotland, was delivered to the Scottish Government by both Commissions at an event held in late 2015..
The report highlights key activities that 17 key organisations and services are now undertaking to progress the human rights agenda, and identifies challenges and opportunities for the future in realising people’s human rights.
This is a critical time for mental health in Scotland. In the current climate of austerity, funding crises and shrinking services, people affected by mental health problems find it increasingly difficult to get the right kind of support when they require it.
The problems are well-known. There are serious shortcomings in the provision of accessible, acceptable, quality care and support through the life course: key elements of the right to the highest attainable standard of health. People’s right to a decent standard of living is negatively affected by the lack of joined-up and integrated thinking, which results in support systems based on silo mentalities and the interests of different sectors and services rather than the views and goals of people and communities.
HUG is a collective advocacy group, which represents the interests of users of mental health services across the Highlands.