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Scottish mental health services get £85m from government

An extra £85m will be spent on mental health services in Scotland during the next five years, the Scottish Government has announced.

This will be used to improve child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) services and reduce waiting times, particularly for psychological therapies, Jamie Hepburn, minister for sport, health improvement and mental health said last week.

This extra funding is on top of £15m that has already been pledged by the Scottish government to improve mental health services.

Commenting on the announcement Norman Provan, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland associate director, said: “Nursing has a key role in improving access to mental health services and the quality of care provided.”

He said that nurses who try to set up and maintain innovative mental health services with the NHS, community and local authorities need financial support.

“In Drumchapel, Glasgow, a nurse left the NHS to set up a charity - COPE - which works with local people who have nowhere left to turn… giving them the tools and support to be more resilient,” he said.

“But while such innovative services make a huge difference, they are often subject to funding cuts, and don't know how long they'll be open and providing much-needed support. They and the people who rely on their services need to know that they will continue in the future.

“Health and social care integration is a real opportunity to improve how mental health services are delivered. So we need to see long-term investment by Scotland's new joint integration boards in services designed to meet the needs of our most vulnerable people.”