New mental health strategy must tackle root causes and be tied to reducing economic inequality, experts argue
The socioeconomic circumstances of those suffering mental health issues must be addressed, experts have told CommonSpace – but the power to do so may only come with independence.
TACKLING Scotland’s mental health crisis, particularly amongst its young people, must be tied to a wider strategy to combat poverty and inequality, two experts have argued following the announcement of a major push on mental health by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in this week’s Programme for Government.
Student representatives: "Reform failing financial support system"
Writing to all party leaders, student representatives have warned demand for reform cannot be ignored.
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES from 29 universities and colleges across Scotland have written to the first minister and every party leader in Scotland, saying they must use the Scottish budget process to deliver improved support available to students.
Representatives from students' associations have said in the letter that they see "the impact that stretched and broken support systems have on students on a daily basis."
Unions endorse campaign for improved student support ahead of Scottish budget
‘Budget for Better’ calls for increased bursaries, greater mental health support and an increase in the student loan repayment threshold
TRADE UNIONS representing staff and students from Scotland’s universities and colleges have united in their support for improved student support in the upcoming Scottish draft budget.