One in four people may experience a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year.
In 2015 VHS began exploring what smaller voluntary health organisations had to say about mental health. They told us their role is to ‘catch those people who have often fallen through the gaps of mainstream services or support.’ That led VHS to significant and ongoing work in relation to loneliness, social isolation and mental health. Together with our members we played an important role in helping to shape the Scottish Government’s loneliness and social isolation strategy, A Connected Scotland (published December 2018) and VHS is an active member of the Scottish Government Implementation Group. In 2019 we started a new piece of work in collaboration with Support in Mind Scotland, to shine a light on the very neglected area of older people and mental illness (beyond dementia).
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