Bid to improve rural mental health services
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