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Plans for provision of mental healthcare discussed

8th June 2006

International mental health practitioners and leader are meeting in Edinburgh this week to discuss how to improve worldwide mental health services.

Over 300 international mental health practitioners will meet to discuss mental health issues such as social inclusion and the provision of better services.

"This event will enhance leadership in mental health practice to deliver better prevention, care and supported recovery for people who have mental health problems," comments Lewis Macdonald, the deputy health minister.

He went on to say that the mental health legislation from the Scottish Executive is recognised internationally from the way that it promotes the rights of patients and carers in order to aid recovery.

"The Act also places a duty on councils to support access to the arts, culture and recreational activities in their area for people with mental ill-health to increase social inclusion," Mr Macdonald added.

The executive has recently launched a 'see me' anti-stigma television advertising campaign to change people's attitudes to mental illness.