Prioritise Mental Health

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How do we put mental health at the heart of our recovery from the pandemic?

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in partnership with Mental Health Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how central our mental health is to our lives. People have experienced loss, disadvantage, discrimination and redundancy. We have an opportunity to put mental health at the heart of decisions on how we recover and move forward – from personal decisions to policy decisions by local and national governments. But who will take the lead and how fundamental will this prioritisation be?

Chair: Gillian Martin MSP, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee


Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation

Shruti Jain, Chair of Board, Saheliya


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This is the 17th year that the Scottish Parliament has hosted The Festival of Politics.

Taking place over five days, our free online panel sessions allow you to have your say and debate if the world has gone past its tipping point or if it can be saved through science, technology and innovative action. Themed around the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals, we will also explore the impact of climate on other issues such as poverty and inequality.

Book your free tickets now and find out more about Scotland’s place in tackling the world’s climate crisis as it prepares to host global leaders for the COP26 conference.

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