Response 71711425

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Robert Innes

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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?
I am not qualified to comment on most of this, however, I can comment on Prioriy 6 Smoking Cessation.(See response to question 2)

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?
Smoking will prematurely kill a huge number of people with mental health problems. As such, I would like to see you considering the modern technologies that are now being known to be effective as alternatives to smoking - NRT even wth professional advice has only a very limited impact. I hope that you follow the advice of Public Health England, The Royal College of Physicians, NICE, and many others with regard to e-cigarette use. These bodies make a strong case for the use of modern technologies. Public Health England stated with regard to policy implications re mental health, "Policy implications o Consideration could be given to a proactive strategy to encourage disadvantaged smokers to quit smoking as quickly as possible including the use of EC, where appropriate, to help reduce health inequalities caused by smoking. o EC should not routinely be treated in the same way as smoking. It is not appropriate to prohibit EC use in health trusts and prisons as part of smokefree policies unless there is a strong rationale to do so." There are also powerful arguments to support the case that nicotine (as opposed to smoking) can benefit certain groups of people. Add to ths that there are a number of misconceptions regarding smoking and addiction and the role of nicotine in addiction. I would ask you to read the following. It is my story but contains reference to some of the latest thinking on nicotine and addiction. http://www.vapingpost.com/2016/08/02/hooked-netted-landed-a-smokers-story/

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?
Not qualified to comment.