Bid to im­prove ru­ral men­tal health ser­vices

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

An MSP wants to see men­tal health ser­vices im­proved across the more ru­ral parts of the area.

Fin­lay Carson re­cently met with the con­vener of the Na­tional Ru­ral Men­tal Health Fo­rum, Jim Hume, where they dis­cussed how ru­ral res­i­dents can ac­cess men­tal health ser­vices and how many ru­ral or­gan­i­sa­tions are help­ing mem­bers to openly dis­cuss is­sues sur­round­ing men­tal health.

The Gal­loway and West Dum­fries MSP plans to work closely Mr Hume in or­der to en­sure ru­ral res­i­dents and or­gan­i­sa­tions can re­ceive the same level of sup­port as more ur­ban ar­eas

Mr Carson said: “This was an ex­tremely pos­i­tive dis­cus­sion and I praise Jim Hume for his work within the Na­tional Ru­ral Men­tal Health Fo­rum, which is hugely im­por­tant to many of my con­stituents who of­ten feel alone and iso­lated.

“When it comes to dis­cussing men­tal health is­sues, ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties of­ten find it harder as they of­ten know the peo­ple they have to turn to for help.

“That is why it is very pleas­ing to hear that ru­ral or­gan­i­sa­tions like NFU Scot­land, Forestry Com­mis­sion and Marine Scot­land among oth­ers are en­gag­ing in men­tal health dis­cus­sions with their mem­bers.

“I will con­tinue to work closely with Jim Hume and other men­tal health or­gan­i­sa­tions in or­der to en­sure my ru­ral con­stituents have the ac­cess to vi­tal ser­vices that they need.”

Meet­ing MSP Fin­lay Carson, left, with the con­vener of the Na­tional Ru­ral Men­tal Health Fo­rum, Jim Hume, at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment

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