The Scottish Liberal Democrats will use their opposition debate today to highlight the acute mental health crisis in Scotland and demand improvements in mental health service provisions across Scotland by the time the Scottish Parliament reconvenes in September.
Some of the SNP Government’s most significant mental health failings include:
- Child mental health waits are currently the worst on record
- Adults waiting over 2 years for psychological therapy treatment last year
- There is still no replacement for the Suicide Prevention Strategy which expired over 500 days ago
- Only Glasgow, in the whole of Scotland, is meeting perinatal mental health requirements
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“There are horror stories in virtually every branch of Scotland’s mental health system.
“The steady flow of distressing statistics and personal testimonies this past year have confirmed just how bad the situation has become. Young people are suffering. Adults are waiting years for help. Mothers in more than half the country don’t have the help they should to hand. Suicide rates are rising but the plan to counter them is more than 500 days late. The list goes on.
"Staff are working incredibly hard but they don't have the resources and support they need. We are at crisis point.
“We are using our debate today to demand the Scottish Government breaks the cycle of years of underinvestment in mental health and delivers a step change in the way we treat it. Nothing less is acceptable.
“Everyone has grown tired of routine failings and scandalous long waits and long journeys for treatment. My message to the Minister for Mental Health, which the Liberal Democrats fought to create for so long, is this: do your job or make way for someone who will.”