Response 30740835

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Recovery and Renewal

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Recovery and Renewal - Self help group

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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?
The most important priority should be an URGENT AND THOROUGH REVIEW OF THE USE OF MEDICATIONS for mental health in people of all ages. Our group has found, through 3 years of probing research and questioning, that medications used to 'treat' so-called mental health problems are causing extremely concerning unintended consequences for the future of our very societies. We have been engaging with the Scottish Government, as well as Westminster and the BMA. Please read: http://www.breggin.com/Breggin2016_RationalPrinciples.pdf

2. The table in Annex A sets out a number of early actions that we think will support improvements for mental health.

Are there any other actions that you think we need to take to improve mental health in Scotland?
The early actions suggested need some review in the light of answer to Q1. Also - there are huge numbers of people who find themselves on antidepressants 'long term' and they need help, support and advice. Drs are very good at starting people on these medications - but seem to have no way of getting people off them safely and sensibly. We have seen people terribly harmed by these medications. RE; Suicides - pls see http://www.thepillthatsteals.com/ THIS IS HAPPENING

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?
A lot more humane, human-friendly and more effective. IT has its place and can complement other interactions - but it is not human. Medications used safely and appropriately only. As from now onwards - ASAP - people who have been harmed by medications need to be given the help and support that they truly need - as well as acknowledgement that they have been unfortunately caught up in a misguided system. A MH service that has learned from mistakes and the actual lived experience of those affected.