Calls to NHS 24 about psychosis symptoms have increased by 100% in two years, new research has found.

Figures by Scottish Labour from the NHS 23 Mental Health hub show that overall calls have declined but calls about psychosis and alcohol have increased dramatically.

The data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed problems such as alcohol addiction, poor sleep, psychotic symptoms, suicidal acts and suicidal thoughts increased.

Calls regarding alcohol problems have risen by more than 600 in two years with calls regarding psychotic symptoms more than doubling – by more than 5,000 – since 2021, when the reason for calling began to be recorded.

The statistics came after the Scottish Health Survey showed mental wellbeing is at a record low.

In 2021, a total of 1,282 calls related to alcohol, which increased by 47% in 2023, to 1,885 calls.

In the same year, the NHS hub received 5,112 calls about psychotic symptoms, which increased to 10,259 in 2023 – an increase of 101%.

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