What is the National Rural Mental Health Forum delivering?

The Forum has five objectives:

  1. create a network of rural mental health stakeholders who will develop a national rural mental health campaign

  2. develop a policy programme that influences policy makers and decision makers to increase and channel resources in ways that bring change

  3. identify resources to carry out further research as required

  4. develop new projects to test new ideas

  5. establish the Forum as a sustainable agent for change and development over the longer term

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What is happening now?

  • The Forum of over 90 members is established and meetings have taken place to identify key actions. Membership organisations are from Public, Private and Third Sectors

  • The first-ever piece of research looking at people's experiences of living with mental ill health across rural Scotland was published in April 2017 by Scotland's Rural College in partnership with Support in Mind Scotland - you can download the report here

  • The national rural campaign to reduce stigma and raise awareness of mental wellbeing in rural Scotland was launched at the Royal Highland Show in June 2017.

  • Forum members are using their links and connections to raise awareness and reduce stigma throughout Scotland

  • Forum works on furthering research with SRUC, University of Edinburgh, University of Highlands and Island & The National Centre for Rural Health and Care

  • Highlands and Islands Connections’ project starts in Western Isles and Argyll & Bute. Developing a community approach to tackling mental health.

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What can you do to help?



  • Tell others about the National Rural Mental Health Forum

  • Follow us on Twitter @Rural_Wellbeing and retweet!

  • Get in touch using the Contact Us details on this website



The Forum has received start-up funds from the Scottish Government. You can strengthen the impact of the Forum's work by making a donation payable to "Support in Mind Scotland" stating that your donation is for the work of the National Rural Mental Health Forum.

If you want to donate on-line you can donate here, adding a comment that your donation is for the work of the Forum.