Scottish election 2021: Lib Dems pledge mental health support in workplaces – BBC

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have committed to help provide mental health first aiders for every workplace to help tackle the mental health crisis.

At an election campaign stop in Edinburgh, party leader Willie Rennie said adults regularly waited up to two years for mental health treatment.

This delay had a “huge personal cost” for those affected and employers lost working days to mental health, he said.

The party called for training for mental health first aiders to restart.

In February, the Scottish parliament officially recognised there was a mental health crisis in the country following a Holyrood debate brought by the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Rennie said training for both new mental health first aiders and instructors by Public Health Scotland had been suspended during the pandemic, unlike in England where training switched to a virtual classroom.

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