McArthur marks World Mental Health Day 2021

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has marked World Mental Health Day 2021 calling for greater support to be made available.

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October, with this year's theme being 'Mental Health in an Unequal World' which seeks to raise awareness of the need to deliver parity of mental health care with physical care across the world.

Research has found that at least one in four people will experience poor mental health at some stage in their life, with the pandemic having a serious impact on contributing factors such as loneliness.

In February, Scottish Liberal Democrats led the Scottish Parliament in declaring a mental health crisis and helped secure an extra £120million to support mental health in the budget.

The party has also led calls for more training of mental health specialists for community services, hospitals and schools, establishing new walk-in services at A&E and crisis centres, getting mental health first-aiders into workplaces, and working to create more services closer to where people live and end long waits for diagnosis and treatment.

Mr McArthur said:

"On World Mental Health Day, I want to reinforce the message that nobody should have to face a mental health problem alone.

“I also want to take the opportunity of paying tribute to the many local and national organisations that provide invaluable support to those who need it.

"Of course, the pandemic has had a serious impact on the mental health of many people in Orkney and across the country over the past eighteen months. However, services were already under extreme pressure even before Covid.

"Despite welcome recent investment, more still needs to be done if we are to have genuine parity in the treatment of mental and physical health. On World Mental Health Day, we need to see a renewed commitment by government to ensure services are available wherever and whenever they are needed.

“Ultimately, there can be no good health without good mental health."

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