Prescriptions show need for step change in mental health

I've raised concerns that the prescription of drugs to treat mental health may be being used to cover up shortages in other kinds of therapy.

New statistics released that prescriptions of antipsychotics, antidepressants, drugs for ADHD and drugs for dementia have been steadily increasing over the past decade.

Prescription drugs will always have their place when it comes to treating mental health, however if doctors are prescribing them due to a lack of other options then that is not good for patients.

Mental health treatment should consist of a range of options and drugs can’t cover for shortages in the availability of therapies.

This is further proof that a step change in how we treat mental health is long overdue. The SNP should never have allowed our mental health strategy to expire last year or reduced the share of the NHS budget spent in this area.

That is why we need a fresh strategy, record levels of funding and a mental health practitioner for every GP surgery, making it easier and quicker for patients to access therapies.

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