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Towards a Mentally Flourishing Scotland: Policy and Action Plan 2009-2011

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Ministerial Foreword

We want to create a more successful Scotland with a thriving society that offers everyone the opportunity to reach their full potential. Promoting good mental wellbeing, reducing the occurrence of mental illness and improving the quality of life of those experiencing mental illness is vital to doing just that.

Our immediate aim is to help everyone to understand how their own and other's mental health can be improved. Improving mental health and creating this step change in how we, as a society, look after our mental health requires a combined effort. At national, local and individual levels we will ensure that community initiatives and Government policy support people in looking after their own wellbeing. We will also connect this work to our efforts on tackling poverty and inequalities, and supporting economic regeneration, education and early years.

We are internationally renowned for our work on mental health improvement in Scotland. Over the next two years, this policy and action plan will build on these strong foundations and advance our work through tangible and measurable actions.

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SHONA ROBISON
Minister for Public Health and Sport