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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18232: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 16 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-17646 by Clare Haughey on 3 August 2018, what support is available to the families of those affected by long-term mental illness.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 5 September 2018

Nationally, support for people and their families experiencing low mood, depression and anxiety is available through NHS 24, the Samaritans, Breathing Space and NHS Living Life. That support applies across Scotland. Support and advice for families and carers is also available from the Mental Welfare Commission, an independent body set up to safeguard the rights of people with an independent statutory organisation who work to safeguard the rights and welfare of anyone in Scotland with mental illness, learning disability or other mental disorder.

Other local provision of support for long term mental health conditions is the responsibility of local NHS Boards. The Scottish Government is clear that all NHS Boards must ensure that their services are planned efficiently so that patients have swift and safe access to the full range of services they need.