Response 25409549

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Dr Marie Prince

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Older People's Psychology Service, NHS GG&C

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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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If no, what priorities do you think will deliver this transformation?
Ensure parity between mental and physical health: Often initiatives aimed at improving the physical health of people with severe and enduring mental health problems are targeted at younger people. Given that multi-morbidity increases with age, and being diagnosed with one or more long term physical condition significantly and negatively impacts on psychological well being, efforts should be made to ensure that parity of mental and physical health is emphasised across the lifespan to include older people. It should be considered that older people often under utilise primary care, efforts should be made to encourage older people to access care services appropriately and ensure that older people can access information from sources outwith primary care also.

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?
Services should be accessed based on an individual’s needs not simply their age to ensure they can access the most effective and efficient services. This would reduce age based inequality. Increased awareness of the role of psychological therapies and interventions for older people with mental health and psychological needs: Older people are as likely to benefit from psychological therapies as younger adults. However, only 10% of depressed OP are referred to specialist MH services, compared with 50% of younger adults. Low referral numbers lead to low waiting lists and the perception that further investment is not required, when in fact demand for psychological therapies cannot always be used as a proxy for the level of need within an older population.