MP REQUESTS MINISTERIAL MENTAL HEALTH SIT DOWN

9th July 2018

MARION WRITES TO NEW SCOTTISH MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has this week written to the Scottish Government’s new Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey MSP, to request a meeting to discuss mental health services in the area.

The MP said that mental health is an “extremely important issue nationally, but also one of high importance to the local community in Wishaw.”

Marion also praised the local community and groups including Chris’s House and Families and Friends Against Murder and Suicide (FFAMS) saying they are doing “great work” and that “the community as a whole has been inspiring in pulling together and raising awareness and offering support.”

Commenting, Marion said:

Mental health is an extremely important issue that touches almost everyone’s life. A new Minister can mean a new approach and a new emphasis.

Local groups and the community have been amazing. But they cannot be the frontline of defence. Mental health services need to keep up with demand.

Clare Haughey is an ex-nurse and I’m confident she will bring her expertise to the role. She is also a Lanarkshire MSP which will give her some insights into the local issues in the area.

I’m hoping to meet with Clare as soon as possible to provide the views of local people on the issue of mental health.

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