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World Mental Health Day 2021: Mental Health in an Unequal World

  • Submitted by: Paul McLennan, East Lothian, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 September 2021
  • Motion reference: S6M-01009
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 07 October 2021

That the Parliament notes that 10 October 2021 is World Mental Health Day; welcomes this day of global mental health education, awareness-raising and advocacy; recognises the relevance of this year’s theme, Mental Health in an Unequal World, to Scotland; considers that, based on available data, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities in mental health; understands that this includes those with mental ill health, who, it believes, live on average 20 years less than the wider population, and those living in deprived communities, who are more likely to experience poor mental wellbeing, anxiety and depression, and welcomes the work by organisations across Scotland, including through Scotland’s Mental Health Partnership, to address both the causes and outcomes of these inequalities, in East Lothian and across Scotland.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Colin Beattie, Sarah Boyack, Miles Briggs, Siobhian Brown, Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Willie Coffey, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Natalie Don, Bob Doris, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Monica Lennon, Gillian Mackay, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Jenni Minto, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Willie Rennie, Emma Roddick