In February this year, I posted after Nick Clegg made a major speech on mental health issues. Today I post short extracts. For once I am not criticising anyone!!
Clegg said, "Often the most vulnerable people are waiting scandalously long for access to treatment when all the evidence shows that early intervention is vital. .......... This is a heartless, brutal way to treat some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Why is it that our television screens are full this week, rightly, with the suffering of battery fed chickens but silent on the scandalous way we treat the mentally ill in our midst?
Mental health resources have been neglected and the services have suffered."
Clegg was referring to the situation in England and Wales but we in Scotland suffer similarly. Therefore, I call on the leaders of the four major political parties in Scotland to act. In February I wrote:
"Nicol Stephen: Follow the lead of your UK party's leader and promote similar aims and solutions.
Alex Salmond: Forget party politics! Stand up as First Minister and support Nick Clegg's diagnosis and aims - even if not his solutions - and promote similar improvements in mental provision in Scotland.
Wendy Alexander: Forget your worries over financing. Forget party politics too! Scotland needs similar improvements.
Annabel Goldie: You too can do your bit. Demand major improvements. Nick Clegg has given an outline of the problems and possible solutions.
You all know what you have to do. Stand up and improve the mental health provision in Scotland in as significant a way as Nick Clegg is proposing in England and Wales. Remember these words:
"Mental health service users are perhaps the people who most need an approachable, effective and enabling NHS. We will know that we have succeeded when it opens doors to a brighter future for them."
You need to act NOW!