Fiona Hyslop Welcomes £30m Further Funding for Mental Health Services

Fiona Hyslop Welcomes £30m Further Funding for Mental Health Services

Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement for a further £30 million of funding for two funds aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing in adults, children, and young people.

The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults has supported local community groups to deliver programmes focused on connecting people and providing peer support helping to tackle social isolation, loneliness, and mental health inequalities through activities such as sports, outdoor activities, and the arts.

The Children and Young People’s Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund supports local authorities to deliver community-based mental health and wellbeing support for young people aged five to 24 and their families including mentoring, art-based therapies, digital services, whole-family support, counselling, and sport of physical activities.

Fiona commented,

“This investment of an additional £30 million for community based mental health and wellbeing projects is fantastic news for people across West Lothian who struggle with their mental health and will go some way to tackling the inequalities that exist in this sector.

“The funds will enable grassroots initiatives to deliver vital programmes aimed at building resilience and addressing social isolation, through prevention and early intervention, supporting adults, children and young people right across West Lothian.”