We all recognise the enormous impact that the pandemic has had on people who were already experiencing mental illness or poor mental health, the impact on our young people whose lives have been so curtailed, to people struggling with anxiety and depression; to people whose livelihoods have been threatened, to those who have experienced loss and bereavement; of people who felt lonely and isolated and who have not been able to be with their loved ones - it has been overwhelming and more than ever people have become aware of their mental health and wellbeing; of dealing with anxiety, uncertainly and fear; of being mindful of checking in with ourselves and with other people of being starkly aware of we have all important kindness and compassion is. It is within this context that we need to reset, renew, and refresh our actions that we will take forward over the next three years.
This document sets out the aspirations of Thrive Edinburgh and what we have delivered against our Thrive Pillars and our Adult Health and Social Care Workstreams and Change Programmes. There is a short summary of the Government’s draft national mental health strategy, the national Recovery and Renewal plan that is in place, supported with additional funding allocations and the recently published Creating Hope Together - Scotland’s national suicide prevention strategy.
We hope that this document provides a helpful overview and supplements our Thrive #3 Conference report where 145 participants gathered on 25 November 2022 to focus on Changing the Conversation: Changing the Culture.
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