Psychological well being providers are to be boosted by £500,000 of additional funding, the Scottish authorities has introduced.
The funding comes on high of the prevailing £1,125,000 allotted to NHS 24 for psychological well being.
It is going to be used to enhance the providers provided to folks experiencing low temper, melancholy and nervousness,
The variety of folks contacting NHS 24’s psychological well being line has greater than doubled over the previous decade, rising from 38,000 in 2006 to 87,000 in 2016.
NHS 24 providers help those that want unscheduled care however don’t must contact emergency providers.
Paula Shiels, a senior psychological well being nurse at NHS 24, advised BBC Scotland it was hoped the cash can be used to develop and ship psychological well being providers throughout Scotland in a “very totally different means”.
This would come with entry to guided self-help and remedy over the phone, she stated.
“For many individuals it is actually useful as a result of really essentially the most troublesome factor for folks to do is to take that first step and have that face-to-face dialog about their psychological well being and wellbeing.
“So the chance throughout all our providers – together with our 111 service – is that potential to have that dialog in what can really feel a really secure means since you’re not exposing your self in that face-to face perspective.”
Psychological Well being Minister Maureen Watt stated: “Constructing on the plans specified by our Psychological Well being Technique, this £500,000 funding package deal will assist NHS 24 to enhance their psychological well being providers, whether or not on-line or through phone.
“It is a key a part of our work to intervene early, which we all know may help stop issues from worsening.”
The announcement comes on World Psychological Well being Day.
Scottish Labour inequalities spokeswoman Monica Lennon stated Scotland’s psychological well being providers have been failing to deal with demand.
‘Rising’ ready lists
“Additional sources for the NHS 24 psychological well being helpline is important and welcome, however the Scottish authorities should get its act collectively rapidly,” she stated.
“What’s it doing to sort out rising ready lists? It is a scandal that one in 5 younger individuals are ready longer than 18 weeks for psychological well being remedy and its unforgiveable that 17,000 younger folks have been turned away from psychological well being providers within the final three years alone.
“The psychological well being minister, Maureen Watt, should make an pressing assertion to the Scottish Parliament after recess in regards to the motion she has taken to analyze this and put issues proper.”
The Scottish Liberal Democrats stated that final 12 months there was an eight% rise in suicides in Scotland, and urged ministers to switch the Suicide Prevention Technique which expired greater than 9 months in the past.
Well being spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton stated: “The latest psychological technique was 15 months late and and campaigners and charities have warned that it’s unambitious and under-resourced.
“Equally, the suicide prevention technique expired in December 2016 and is but to get replaced. We will not afford for providers on this space to be quick.”