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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Psychiatrists publish manifesto for Scottish elections

Embargoed until 17 March 2011

Today the Royal College of Psychiatrists launches a Manifesto for the Scottish elections taking place on 5 May 2011. The College calls on Scottish political parties to give a high priority in the next Parliament to the prevention and treatment of, and recovery from, mental illness and the promotion of mental well-being.

The Manifesto covers 6 priority areas: Children and Early Years; Alcohol; Emergency and Crisis Care; Dementia; Protection of Frontline Services and Research and Development. 

Over the last 12 years Scotland has made good progress in tacking mental ill health. Work on tackling stigma, improving mental health legislation, redesign of services, suicide prevention and service user engagement has been recognised internationally. More recently Scotland has worked hard to tackle Children’s mental health issues, alcohol abuse, dementia, and improve access to psychological treatments. But despite all of this there is more work to be done.

Dr Peter Rice, chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland, said: “We call for effective implementation of the Dementia strategy, protection of pre-school care, evaluation of crisis care, and for action to raise the price of cheap alcohol. In the current economic climate mental health services must not be neglected or under-funded.

“Mental ill-health affects large numbers of people and has a major impact on the economic health of our nation due to effects on employment and impact on carers. Poor mental health contributes to health inequalities and premature mortality. Scotland needs to keep investing in providing high quality care and increase rates of recovery. We look forward to a new Parliament with mental health and wellbeing at the centre of policies that will affect Scotland’s overall health.”


For further information, please contact:
Kathy Oxtoby or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538

 

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