‘Living Life Well’, the new Tayside-wide strategy to improve mental health and learning disability services is launched today (Thursday, 25 February).
The strategy, which has been welcomed by Scottish Government Mental Health Minister Claire Haughey, has been developed following a programme of work with more than 600 local stakeholders, including people with lived experience, their families and carers along with voluntary and third sector organisations, NHS Tayside staff, local authorities and Police Scotland.
It is one of the key actions from Tayside’s Listen Learn Change action plan which was developed in response to the Independent Inquiry into mental health services in Tayside which was published in February 2020.
Stakeholders have been pivotal in the development and delivery of the strategy from the early idea stage where those with an interest in mental health and learning disability services initially came together to share what they wanted services to look like in the future.
The strategy’s title ‘Living Life Well – A Lifelong Approach to Mental Health in Tayside’ was chosen by stakeholders who are members of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Communications and Engagement group. The full strategy and a summary document are available to view on the Living Life Well website at www.livinglifewelltayside.scot.nhs.uk.
‘Living Life Well’ has been welcomed by the Tayside Executive Partners who are the Chief Executives of NHS Tayside and Angus, Dundee City and Perth & Kinross Councils and the Tayside Divisional Commander Police Scotland. These public leaders in Tayside made a commitment to the people of Tayside at the publication of Dr Strang’s Independent Inquiry to work together to improve mental health services for those who need them and those who deliver them
NHS Tayside Chair Lorna Birse-Stewart said, “The launch of the Living Life Well strategy is a very positive step in NHS Tayside’s plans to improve mental health and learning disability services, which are a key priority for NHS Tayside. This co-created strategy emphasises how important it is to engage with communities, with our staff and with people with lived experience.
“The Board remains committed to developing and designing services with the expertise of all our stakeholders to ensure we always put patients and their families at the centre of all that we do.”
Angus Council Chief Executive Margo Williamson said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the awareness and importance of supporting our mental health and wellbeing as much as our physical health. We are committed to this strategy across Angus and it will form an important part of our recovery plans.”