SNP even further behind on mental health than we feared

During this week's budget negotiations it became clear to me that this SNP Government is much further behind on mental health even than we feared.

By Willie Rennie MSP Feb 04, 2017 12

During this week's budget negotiations it became clear to me that this SNP Government is much further behind on mental health even than we feared.

That's why I want to make sure that at the council elections in May Scottish Liberal Democrats put mental health on the agenda.

Look at the terrible record of this SNP Government on mental health.

They let the share of the budget spent on mental health drop by their own admission for years.

They let their mental health strategy lapse in 2015 with no replacement in place.

Young people still have to wait more than a year for treatment.

We asked for a doubling of services for young people, comprehensive support at GP surgeries and comprehensive A&E cover.

But in our discussions, the SNP were simply unable or unwilling to make the changes to their budget to work towards what we know is important for mental health. 

We cannot let this drop. We cannot let the SNP and their neglect of mental health stand. They are letting people down.

That's why I want our council candidates to take our mental health campaign into the council chambers of Scotland.

Liberal Democrat councillors will work in partnership with local health services to deliver better support for people with mental health problems.

Councils can patch up the provision that is neglected by the SNP government.

We can make sure local education services identify young people with mental health problems and help them get early support, and continue to help them as they transfer to adult services.

Scottish Liberal Democrats will make sure each council is a mental health champion, promoting good health and helping people back into employment.

We will support voluntary groups that help people tackle loneliness and isolation.

And we can use the influence of councillors on the Integrated Joint Boards to make mental health support quick, effective and locally available.

So choose a Scottish Liberal Democrat councillor on 4th May to be champion for mental health in your community.


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