Men­tal health sur­vey

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Clare Haughey MSP has en­cour­aged con­stituents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang to re­spond to an open Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment con­sul­ta­tion on men­tal health ser­vices.

The gov­ern­ment are seek­ing views on how men­tal health ser­vices can be im­proved over the next decade.

Re­sponses are wel­come from any or­gan­i­sa­tion or in­di­vid­ual with an in­ter­est in men­tal health, or with an ex­pe­ri­ence of ser­vices. These will con­trib­ute to­wards the for­ma­tion of the 10- year Men­tal Health Strat­egy in Scot­land to be re­leased late this year.

Ms Haughey, her­self a for­mer men­tal health nurse, said: “With the first ded­i­cated min­is­ter for men­tal health and this open con­sul­ta­tion process, it’s clear the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to look­ing at how ser­vices can be im­proved. An ad­di­tional £ 150mil­lion has also been de­voted to im­prov­ing ser­vices over the next five years.

“There is an en­cour­ag­ing na­tional con­ver­sa­tion in­clud­ing a fo­cus on how pre­ven­tion and early in­ter­ven­tion ser­vices can be en­hanced.”

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