ROGER Mullin, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, enjoyed a lively visit to Support in Mind Scotland's Fife base at John Hunter House in Kirkcaldy to discuss mental health issues with carers and service users.

Mr Mullin has represented the constituency since May when the SNP won the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat from Labour. He succeeded long-standing incumbent, the former Prime Minister and Labour leader Gordon Brown, who stood down from Parliament prior to this year's General Election.

Mr Mullin's visit to John Hunter House was eagerly anticipated by local staff, service users and carers, who relished the opportunity to share with him their experiences and their views on how best to improve the wellbeing and quality of people affected by mental illness, and offer continued support to families and carers.

A lively two-hour round-the-table discussion took place. Marjory Sprunt, Area Manager for Support in Mind Scotland's Fife services, explained: "Carers and service users spent two hours with Roger, discussing a range of topics.

"These topics included training opportunities which should enable people to return to work, welfare benefit changes and the implications of sanctions as well as a very analytical debate concerning human rights. There was also a lengthy discussion around the parliamentary processes of proposing new legislation.

"We thank Mr Mullin for taking the time to come along to see us and it proved a worthwhile visit."