Additional £3.8 million to expand support.
Extra funding to develop mental health services to cope with further demand as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been confirmed by the Scottish Government.
Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey announced a further £3.8 million to begin to increase the capacity of NHS 24’s telephone and online services.
This includes £2.6 million to expand the NHS 24 Mental Health Hub and Breathing Space telephone helpline and web support service and £1.2 million to provide extra capacity for Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT). Information about these expanded services will come on line as they become active.
Ms Haughey said:
“Dedicated mental health professionals provide high quality care across Scotland – but in these trying times they are needed more than ever.
“The current situation around COVID-19, including concerns around social distancing, is an understandable cause of anxiety for many people. NHS 24 has already begun to see an increase in calls, including to Breathing Space, in recent weeks and anticipate this will continue to grow.
“It is vital that during this period of uncertainty anyone who requires support for their mental health can receive it.”
Sandra White MSP said:
“The NHS 24 phone and online services provide significant support for those in need, especially during these times of social distancing. I am pleased to hear its mental health capacity will be increased with £3.8m funding from the Scottish Government to support the increased demand during as we tackle the Coronavirus.
We are facing challenging times, and this crisis has had an impact on everyone’s mental health. It is important that we can acknowledge this and do all we can to keep well both physically and mentally.”
You can find out more information on NHS 24 services, including mental health support, at www.nhs24.scot“