People in rural Scotland:
experience depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings, self-harming behaviour and anxiety disorder - no matter what their age, gender or location
their isolation is made worse by remoteness, stigma and fear.
What needs to change:
people want to connect before their mental health crisis occurs - locally in "low-level", non-clinical settings
shorter waiting times and mobile outreach to all parts of Scotland are crucial to prevention.
The Forum is a strong network of rural people and stakeholders driving change to:
enable rural people to be open about their mental health
have a solid evidence base for what works to improve people's lives
create a programme to influence policy-makers to channel resources in ways that bring positive change through a network of rural organisations across Scotland
scottish government's MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY 2017-2027:
ACTION 12: Support the further development of the National Rural Mental Health Forum to reflect the unique challenges presented by rural isolation.
"The challenge presented by isolation is keenly felt by many in our rural communities.
The National Rural Mental Health Forum has been established to help people in rural areas maintain good mental health and wellbeing.
This Forum will help develop connections between communities across rural Scotland, so that isolated people can receive support when and where they need it."