Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today urged the Scottish Government to use World Mental Health Day to deliver a step change in mental health services in Scotland.
Mr Cole-Hamilton was speaking as a new survey from SAMH revealed that more than a quarter of Scots don’t take time to look after their mental health.
These latest data follow recent reports that children who need specialist mental health care have been left on waiting lists for more than two years.
Commenting, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“Attitudes towards mental ill health have changed for the better in recent years but this survey shows that we still have a long way to go and the fact remains that vulnerable people who need care are still waiting far longer than they should for treatment.
“Children who need specialist mental health care have been forced to wait more than two years for treatment. Others in the north of Scotland have had to travel hundreds of miles just to see a specialist. Tens of millions of pounds of funding has been left sitting in government bank accounts because the SNP let Scotland’s mental health strategy expire.
“The Scottish Government have talked about their commitment to mental health services – now we need to see urgent action to boost support for NHS staff and patients.
“This World Mental Health Day the Scottish Government must demonstrate that they are serious about delivering a step change in mental health services in Scotland.”