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Briggs backs Mental Health Awareness Week.

Lothian Tory MSP Miles Briggs is today commending the Mental Health Foundation at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, for producing a new report on mental health and wellbeing. Miles has tabled a motion in the Parliament marking Mental Health Awareness Week and the new publication. The report “Surviving or Thriving” indicates only a small minority of people (13%) report living with high levels of good mental health while more than 4 in 10 people say they have experienced depression. Miles has tabled a Parliamentary motion on the subject in Parliament today.

Speaking today Miles, the Scottish Conservative Spokesman on Mental Health, said:

“ The Mental Health Foundation’s new report is an important piece of research that is another indication of the scale of mental health challenges in society today. It also provides useful information on the health inequalities among those who suffer from mental ill health.

“ The Scottish Government’s recently published Mental Health Strategy simply did not go far enough in setting out proposals that would lead to a transformative change inmental health services in Scotland and I will continue to press Ministers to do more.

“ I commend the Mental Health Foundation for again organising Mental Health Awareness Week which is a good opportunity to raise the profile of mental health issues and encourage debate and discussion.”

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* Please see below a copy of Miles’ motion as lodged today.

* For any further information, please contact Miles’ office on 0131 348 5945

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017.

That the Parliament is aware that Monday 8th May marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017; notes that the theme of the week, organised by the Mental Health Foundation, is Surviving or Thriving? and that the Mental Health Foundation has published a comprehensive report with this title that suggests current levels of good mental health are disturbingly low, and provides additional information on health inequalities among those who suffer from mental ill health; welcomes the report as an important contribution to the debate on improving mental health and wellbeing and commends the Mental Health Foundation for again organising Mental Health Awareness Week and encouraging an open and informed debate about mental wellbeing

Miles Briggs