Newly re-elected Edinburgh Eastern MSP, Ash Denham, is taking forward proposals to chair a Mental Health Action Group within her constituency.
Forming the Group was a key local pledge in her re-election campaign and its aims include identifying the specific mental wellbeing needs of the constituency and to ensure there is more support in place for those struggling with poor or ill mental health.
Ms Denham intends to invite a number of local and national third sector organisations who provide support in the area as well as NHS Lothian to be members of the Group and to contribute to its meetings.
Commenting on the plans for the Group, Ms. Denham said:
“One in three Scots are affected by ill mental health every year and in this next session of Parliament we will need to do more than we have every done before to support them.
“The SNP in government will increase mental health spending by at least 25% over the course of this Parliament and will put a dedicated mental health link worker in evert GP practice across the country.
“But it’s incumbent on all MSPs to take individual actions on a local level as well. I will do that by organising and chairing an Edinburgh Eastern Mental Health Action Group to identify the specific needs of the constituency and take urgent action to improve access to support and services.
“I will be inviting a number of stakeholders – including third sector organisations working in mental health and NHS Lothian – to take part and contribute.”