Mental health staff increase –

Recruited more than 950 additional frontline workers.

A pledge to hire a further 800 mental health staff for frontline assignments across Scotland has been exceeded.

Figures released today show that 958 full-time equivalent mental health professionals have been recruited to work in hospitals, GP surgeries, police detention centers and prisons. This exceeds the target of 800 set in the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-27.

Staff ensure people have access to appropriate mental health care in a variety of settings and recognize the life-changing benefits of prompt and effective treatment.

Secretary of State for Mental Health Kevin Stewart said:

“Improving mental health is a priority for the Scottish Government and these figures show how seriously we take this. I am pleased that we have exceeded our commitment and recruited nearly 1,000 additional mental health professionals in these important areas.

“Mental illness is one of the biggest public health challenges in Scotland. It is estimated that around one in three people is affected by mental illness in a year. We want a Scotland where we act on the knowledge that failure to identify, prioritize and treat mental health issues not only costs our economy but also harms individuals and communities.

“We have committed almost £84m to enable these posts to be recruited and this has been achieved despite the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on our health and social services.”


The Mental Health Strategy 2017-27

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