SUPPORT in Mind Scotland has broadened its nationwide Mental Health Carers campaign – with the launch of a public petition calling on the Scottish Government to better support Scotland’s estimated 150,000 carers of people with mental health issues.

Support in Mind Scotland’s Mental Health Carers Campaign was launched in June during Carers Week 2016 - and seeks to be an engaging exercise, listening to carers of people with mental health issues to better understand what matters to them.

The campaign will culminate in a national event towards the end of 2016, followed by discussions with the Scottish Government and other stakeholders.

I hope our campaign will help mental health carers have their voice heard

Commenting on the petition, Support in Mind Scotland's Chief Executive Frances Simpson said: “With the launch of this petition, Support in Mind Scotland is opening our campaign up to the wider public – and we hope they will back our calls for better support for mental health carers.

"It is widely recognised that 1 in 4 of us experience mental health issues each year – but what is perhaps less-known is that there could be up to 150,000 mental health carers in Scotland. Such carers have different needs from the general carer population – and this has to be reflected in the policies of the Scottish Government, NHS boards and local authorities.

"I hope our campaign will help mental health carers have their voice heard. This petition is a small step on the way to ensuring we have recognition, rights and advocacy all tailored for carers of people with mental health issues."

The petition can be signed online by clicking HERE