The Scottish Government to dramatically change its approach to mental health after recent figures showed a shortfall of mental health officers in local authorities.
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) report found that the number of full time equivalent officers had fallen from 698 in 2012 to 670 in 2015.
These figures show the desperate investment that mental health needs. We need to see more mental health officers per 100,000, not less. We need to make sure that there are more specialists, not see them reduced further.
There needs to be a complete step change in the way they approach it
In the last few months we have seen a complete lack of beds north of Dundee where people needing urgent help are having to travel hundreds of miles to receive the vital care they need.
We have also seen vulnerable children being turned away from specialist mental health units due to lack of beds and staff. Spending on mental health as a share of the NHS budget has fallen again and again. It’s unacceptable.
If the SNP are serious about challenging mental health then there needs to be a complete step change in the way they approach it.