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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?
Counselling for all. Advocacy for all. ☻ LISTENING should be taught on all Front Line staff throughout and rolled out across the land, from NHS to Banks, from TF agencies to Supermarkets. It would save us £BILLIONS overnight. (You want to save money, eh?) ☻ EXTENDED EDUCATION. Somehow, so many people (maybe some 60 M UK citizens) have been taken for a big ride by the various INDUSTRIES. Chemical use has now taken a {personal} toll. I am now hypersensitive to the extreme nominally as a result of the use of AntiBacterial Disinfectancts DELIVERED IN SPRAY FORM. They scarred my throat for life. If you don't want ever more chemically injured folks ISOLATED (and thus INVISIBLE) in their homes because they are afraid to go out anywhere (eg due to proliferation of socalled Perfumes, Deodorants and Fresheners.), then you MUST do something to educate people of the very real dangers of using "inocuous" looking products with fancy names and fancy prices (eg Chanel No.5). We banned smoking, but secondhand perfumes can be far more damaging (eg to me) than secondhand smoke -- which (at 71 years) I am sort of used to. The secret will be, how to do this without rocking the Industrial Boat, else the economy could collapse. (The tobacco industry is still standing.) Are you in Denial yet??? Please now look up MCS/Environmental Illness/Chemical Injury. And let's get it out to ALL DOCTORS a.s.a.p That is where the most ignorance and problems arise -- esp in the UK. There can be many serious MH OVERTONES here. For all manner of other reasons I would like to know how to sample what OTHER doctors around Scotland are thinking and doing. I see no way of achieving this, since they seem to be a rather aloof bunch. ☻ TERMINOLOGY. I want to see 100% consistency with all forms of labelling. If you call something X on one piece of paper and Y on another, that doesn't help anyone, esp dylexics such as myself. It happened yesterday... One strong message came through was that many of the key players are into "Service Improvement", so why didn't that appear on any of the (limited) literature.? Stupid titles are also to be avoided. One manager in Rural Lothian calls himself "Healthy LIving Manager" However asking around (even within the Council itself!), no one knows what Healthy Living means and what the relevant department might be. If he is doing anything Healthy or Living, I have yet to witness that. SURVEY... We need 1000 times more Joined Up Thinking, especially now with the integration of NHS and H&SC. LITTLE BOXES systems (AKA-online forms/surveys) drive me barmy. A jolly good job I saved this text to my Yahoo... it almost went down the plug. The questions asked are rarely the ones I can readily answer. And you could save a lot of embarrassment by placing THIS "little box" right at the beginning, before my name and email etc., to reduce casualties. You must know that little boxes have a habit of emptying themselves the moment my back is turned. If you want to IMPROVE m.h. in Scotland, it is not a good start to give me the hard times I have experienced here. +++ This has already cost me some THREE HOURS. +++ consequently my patience for pages 3 and 4 is very limited now. Please be more thoughtful and less selfish next time. == DENIAL. Next to FEAR, this is fast becoming an epidemic in itself. I even heard comment the other day that people are in Mass Denial-- because to face AWARENESS and REALITIES is simply too foreign and scary for them to contemplate. Easier to nod, and then go back to their own silliness after the threat is over. The era of Pretend must be brought to an end.

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?
Good job I got a NON-easyread hard copy!! Your Clickable Annex A seems to be sick: I cannot navigate it. To dyslexic me Annex A is too heavy to comprehend. It is a lot of words, but where will those words be going? See little box 1 above.

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?
Far more grass roots driven. People have somehow to be drawn out. Top down doctrine is also at an end. So too the era of applying ever more bandages, instead of fixing problems at source.