Mental and emotional health are fundamental to good general health and well-being.
The Scottish Executive's National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-being was launched in October 2001.
Positive mental health is essential if Scotland is to enjoy a healthier future. The aim of the National Programme is to improve the mental health and well-being of everyone living in Scotland and to improve the quality of life and social inclusion of people who experience mental health problems.
For more information about the four key aims and six priority areas that inform the work of the National Programme click on http://www.wellscotland.info/mentalhealth/national-programme.html
There are strong links between the emotional well-being of children and young people and their personal and social development and academic performance.
Evidence indicates that schools are an ideal setting in which to nurture emotional well-being, particularly where well-being is promoted as part of an integrated whole-school approach.
The importance of the school setting for promoting mental, emotional and social health and well-being is highlighted in the 'National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-being action plan 2003?2006. The link for this action plan is national-programme-action-plan-03-06
The current education policy agenda with the emerging ?Curriculum for Excellence?, has set the scene for schools to help children and young people develop the self-esteem that they need to become confident, happy and ambitious.
'A Curriculum for Excellence' (Scottish Executive, 2004)