Yesterday, on Thursday 10th of October, World
Mental Health Day, Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell published the analysis
report from his recent Mental Health Survey for Argyll and Bute.
This follows on from the report being discussed and explored
at a meeting with Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
Jeane Freeman and a number of local representatives from Mental Health
Commenting, Michael Russell MSP said:
“I am pleased to present my Analysis Report of the Mental
Health in Argyll and Bute survey, especially as it is World Mental Health Day.
This was an instrumental part of our meeting with Jeane
Freeman last week which lead to a mutual feeling that the concern expressed
about mental health services in Argyll and Bute has to be heard and ensuring
the best possible support is available is now the objective of all involved.
It is crucial that mental health is given the same attitude
and care as physical health and as it is a day of awareness it is a great
opportunity to reflect on this.”
Last Friday (October 4th) Cabinet Secretary for
Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, met with a number of representatives of mental
health services in Argyll and Bute at a round table meeting chaired by local
MSP Michael Russell.
Following the successful survey seeking to find a range of
perspectives on Argyll and Bute mental health care, which saw 350 respondents
share their experience, Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell invited
representatives from all levels of mental health care to meet with the Cabinet
Secretary and discuss how services can be improved.
Commenting after the event local MSP Michael Russell who
chaired the event said:
“I am very grateful to all those who took part including
those with experience of mental health issues, local medical and third sector
practitioners, the Health and Social Care Partnership, education and the
Police. It was particularly important for everyone to have Jeane Freeman there
to respond to the concerns and experiences that were related and to suggest
“There is a great deal of concern in Argyll and Bute about
mental health services and finding ways to improve access, decrease waiting
times and ensure the best possible support and help was the clear objective of
everyone present. I hope that future interaction with Mental Health Forum’s as
well as follow up from the Cabinet Secretary and the Health and Social Care
Partnership, including the effect of new monies coming into the system for
support in schools and the community, will make a difference as will improved
methods of working. I am very committed to continuing and sustained
changes as well as a service that is designed for, and by, those who need it
most alongside those who work in mental health services every day.”
Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell is running a fact
finding survey to hear from constituents in Argyll and Bute on their
experiences of our local Mental Health services in order to provide feedback to
Scottish Government Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey MSP along with key
local organisations at a summit in Dunoon later this year.
The survey has now been accessible online for just over a
fortnight but has already had hundreds of responses from constituents with a
great range of backgrounds including service users, staff working in the
services and friends and family who have helped loved ones gain access to the
support they need.
Commenting on the survey, Argyll and Bute MSP Michael
“It has been excellent to see so many people getting
involved and providing feedback on their experience of our mental health
services. Mental health care is an absolute lifeline to so many of us and it is
crucial that the services provided are as good as they can be. By contributing
to our survey you are ensuring that your voice and your experience is heard by
those who will shape the future of the services.
I would encourage anyone who has not yet taken part to set
some time aside and complete our survey.”
The survey will remain available online until Friday 23rd
of August at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JYKKRHK
Paper copies can also be made available on request.