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Hume calls for action on tackling mental health stigma

January 21, 2014 4:19 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after the Scottish Government debate on suicide prevention,Jim Hume MSPJim Hume MSP Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"Suicide is a difficult thing for those left behind to comprehend. People who are suicidal endure a complex and sometimes lonely pathway. The Scottish Government's new Suicide Prevention strategy echoes Liberal Democrat views that much more needs to be done to tackle the stigma attached to mental health problems.

"We are making progress with a decrease in suicides but a single death from suicide is one too many. Those living in the 10% most deprived areas in Scotland have a suicide risk double that of the Scottish average. Ministers will need to harness all arms of Government if we are to prevent suicide and reduce the risk of suicide in people from all backgrounds.

"On specific issues, the Health Secretary must work with health boards to tackle disparity in access to psychologists across Scotland. Quick access to specialist treatment is as necessary for mental health problems as it is for physical problems."