28th February 2024

Commenting on the embargoed Public Audit Committee report on adult mental health, Jo Anderson, Director of Influence and Change at SAMH (Scottish Action for Mental Health), said:

“SAMH has long been calling for fundamental reform of how we design, resource and deliver mental health care in Scotland. This timely report from the Public Audit Committee shows that systems change is now imperative if we are to meet the growing demand from, and needs of, people with mental health problems.

“Accessible mental health support for people in the community, including preventative and early intervention support, has to be a priority. While more funding is necessary, it’s clear that extra resource alone will not be enough to provide the mental health care the people of Scotland so urgently require. Now is the time for action.”