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More than 950 additional frontline mental health workers recruited

The Scottish Government has confirmed that a commitment to recruit 800 additional mental health staff for frontline roles “has been exceeded”.

Jul 12, 2022

By Paul Jacques

Photo: The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland

Figures released on Tuesday July 12 show that 958 full-time equivalent mental health workers have been recruited for deployment to Scottish police station custodial suites, hospitals, GP surgeries and prisons.

This Scottish government says this exceeds the target of 800 set in its mental health strategy 2017-27.

Staff will ensure that people have access to appropriate mental health care in a variety of settings, recognizing the “life-changing benefits of prompt and effective treatment”.

Mental Wellbeing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “Improving mental health is a priority for the Scottish Government and these figures show how seriously we take it.

“I am delighted that we have exceeded our commitment and recruited almost 1,000 additional mental health professionals in these key contexts. »

He added: “Mental illness is one of the main public health challenges in Scotland. It is estimated that approximately one in three people is affected by a mental illness in one year. We want a Scotland where we act knowing that failure to recognise, prioritize and address mental health issues not only costs our economy, but also harms individuals and communities.

“We have allocated nearly £84m to enable recruitment for these positions and this has been achieved despite the unprecedented impacts of the pandemic on our health and social care services.”

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