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Mental Health Debate, 06/01/15 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 6 January 2015 on Mental Health. The debate was opened by Richard Simspon (Lab).

At decision time the following amended motion was agreed to:

That the Parliament welcomes the level of interest and commitment to improving mental health and mental health services; recognises the equal importance that the NHS places on the care and treatment of mental and physical illness but notes that, while there has been progress toward the targets on child and adolescent mental health, the targets have not been met, psychological treatments waiting times remain very challenging and primary care teams are under substantial and increasing time pressure to deliver holistic care, particularly in areas of deprivation where there is a greater amount of mental illness; further notes that, after initial progress in improving public attitudes to mental illness with the See Me programme, this welcome trend has stalled and there is a need for more robust monitoring and inspection of the variation between NHS boards; notes the Scottish Government’s recent announcement of an additional £15 million investment in mental health services, and looks forward to further progress in improving mental health and wellbeing as a fundamental and integral part of delivering person-centred, safe and effective healthcare services.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 6 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 6 January 2015