Cross Party Group on Mental Health

SAMH is proud to be part of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Mental Health and currently acts in the capacity as Secretariat for the group. 

The Mental Health Strategy 2017-27 was the Scottish Government’s first 10 year strategy, demonstrating a commitment to try and achieve sustained focus on improving mental health support across Scotland.

The CPG on Mental Health is undertaking a two-year long inquiry into the four different themes within the Strategy:

  1. Prevention and early intervention;
  2. Access to treatment, and joined up accessible services;
  3. The physical wellbeing of people with mental health problems;
  4. Rights, information use, and planning.

What is the Cross Party Group on Mental Health?

The Cross Party Group (CPG) on Mental Health has 78 member organisations and individuals, with representation from across service delivery, policy and research, and lived experience. The Group aims to influence mental health policy and practice by bringing together the mental health sector and community in Scotland.

If you are interested in providing evidence as someone with lived experience, please contact the CPG at If you are an organisation working within the mental health sector, you can attend meetings as an observer or request to join the group as a member by emailing

Cross Party Group MSPs

  • Emma Harper MSP - Co-Convener
  • Oliver Mundell MSP - Co-Convener
  • Beatrice Wishart MSP - Deputy Convener
  • Monica Lennon MSP - Member
  • David Torrance MSP - Member
  • Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP - Member

Cross Party Group on Mental Health Reports

Download the latest CPG reports below. If you have any queries, please email

Inquiry into the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health

A summary of the evidence presented by members, other CPGs, and those with lived experience on the challenges and struggles that the pandemic has presented for many with mental health problems.

Inquiry into Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 | CPG Summary Report

​ A summary of the four reports published by the Cross Party Group, as part of their inquiry into the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027

Rights, Information Use and Planning | CPG March 2021

The final report in a two-year long inquiry into the four key areas of the Scottish Government’s ten year strategy focuses on rights.

The Physical Wellbeing of People with Mental Health Problems | CPG Jan 2021

The January 2021 CPG report explores the support available and the affect of barriers on the physical wellbeing of people with mental health problems.

Priorities for Access to Treatment and Joined Up Accessible Services | CPG Nov 2020

The November 2020 CPG report covers priorities for access to treatment and joined up accessible services.

Priorities for Prevention and Early Intervention in Scotland | CPG June 2020

The June 2020 CPG report covers priorities for prevention and early intervention.