Call for men­tal health ac­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A Ruther­glen coun­cil­lor has called on men­tal health prob­lems to be treated with the same ur­gency as phys­i­cal health is­sues.

Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown, who is also the Lib Dem’s lead can­di­date for the Glas­gow re­gion at next year’s Scot­tish elec­tion, wants ex­tra in­vest­ment in men­tal health ser­vices.

He said NHS Scot­land spent 8.6 per cent of its bud­get on men­tal health com­pared with 11.9 per cent down south.

He added:“This is re­ally a starkly lower fig­ure for Scot­land and it needs to change.

“One in four peo­ple in Scot­land are es­ti­mated as suf­fer­ing from men­tal health prob­lems dur­ing their lives, so it is an is­sue that af­fects just about ev­ery fam­ily in our com­mu­nity.

This is a mat­ter wholly within the con­trol of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

“It is time for ac­tion by the SNP Health Min­is­ter on it.”

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