SAMH, a leading mental health charity, has found that people in the Lothian region are waiting over 18 weeks for mental health support, are waiting well over the national average for services like psychological therapy and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
Meanwhile, more people are suffering from mental ill health both across Scotland, with 194,847 people projected to suffer from a mental health problem, such as anxiety and depression, in the Lothian region alone.
SAMH is an organisation that works with adults and young people to provide mental health social care support with outreach in areas like education and primary care.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“Despite the high volume of people who require mental health support and treatment in Lothian, there has not been anywhere near enough resources allocated to make sure that people are treated quickly.
“We all know someone who has been affected by a mental health problem. This can have a devastating impact on their lives and affect their families, their careers and their well-being.
“The Scottish Government needs to use its powers to properly fund our NHS to make sure that people with mental health problems are seen, and treated, at the earliest opportunity.