Big thanks must go to Linda Fabiani who lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament to coincinde with World Mental Health Day 2014 on 10th October.

The motion  achieved Cross Party support and led to a parliamentary debate on Tuesday 28th October.

The full text of Motion S4M-11065 reads as below:

"That the Parliament notes that 10 October 2014 is World Mental Health Day;

  • welcomes this day of global mental health education, awareness and advocacy;
  • understands that World Mental Health Day 2014 shines the spotlight on schizophrenia and that one in 100 people have schizophrenia;
  • welcomes the work of Support in Mind Scotland, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and its upcoming 1 in 100 campaign, which is to be launched in October;
  • understands that this work takes place 10 years on from the first Scottish review of schizophrenia care and treatment;
  • is concerned that nine out of 10 people with schizophrenia cannot get employment and experience discrimination and stigma;
  • is further concerned that people with schizophrenia face shorter life expectancies by 15 to 20 years on average compared with the general population;
  • understands that early intervention boosts the life chances of people with schizophrenia and welcomes the work of charities and other stakeholders right across Scotland in supporting the one in 100 Scots living with schizophrenia, including Support in Mind Scotland,
  • and congratulates the volunteers in its East Kilbride support group, which has been working locally for 36 years."