One in four people will suffer some form of mental illness in their life. People know the treatment is hard to get. By taking a national lead, the Liberal Democrats want to tackle the stigma faced by people and also set a direction to increase treatment.
Scottish Lib Dem Leader Willie Rennie is campaigning to make sure mental health in Scotland is given parity with physical health. He also wants a big increase in psychological therapies, sometimes called ‘talking therapies’. These are proven to be the best way to help most people.
The SNP Government have cut 600 psychologists and nurses in the last five years. Willie Rennie says “More staff should be recruited and trained staff should be on hand at A&E departments for people who need urgent help.”
“The latest official statistics have shown that the SNP Government continues to miss its own targets for treating young people with mental health problems. More than one in five young people, thousands every year, are waiting longer than the target and many wait more than six months for a first appointment.”