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More must be done to tackle mental health stigma

April 2, 2014 5:29 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that equality between physical andJim HumeJim Hume mental health must be enshrined in law if Scotland is to tackle effectively the stigma attached to mental health issues.

The Scottish Government did not agree to the move during the Scottish Liberal Democrat debate in parliament today on improving Scotland's mental health.

Speaking after the debate, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Mr Hume said:

"It's disappointing that SNP ministers did not agree to enshrine equality between mental and physical health in law. That is a move which would send out the clearest signal about Scotland's commitment to providing quick and full support to those who need it.

"If we are to tackle effectively the stigma attached to mental health issues the Scottish Government must lead from the front. I will continue to push the Scottish Government to adopt our reasonable proposals."