Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Invited To The Scottish Parliament.




As you may know, I submitted a petition to the Scottish Parliament back in June.  A few days ago I received an email inviting me to speak to the Public Petitions Committee at a public meeting on October 27th.



Here is the outline of my petition:

1. Reducing the mental health waiting time target from 18 weeks to 14 weeks for adult therapies, and to 12 weeks for child and adolescent mental health services, and committing to ensuring 90% of patients begin treatment within these times;

2. Providing funding to ensure primary care staff receive additional training on supporting patients with mental health conditions; and 

3. Providing funding for third sector organisations that deliver community based services, such as support groups, which can be accessed by patients whilst waiting for referral appointments.

One of my biggest aims is to have a community based service in Cumbernauld that offer various services such as counselling, immediate help and drop in groups that will not only take some of the burden from but will work to compliment the services the NHS  currently provide.  GP's would be able to refer people to the service if they believe it will be of help to them but the community service would also be able to refer to NHS services if needed also.  Ideally every community, where possible, should have such a service.   It would help so many people much quicker and give more options. 

It makes me sad to see so many empty offices and units in our area that could be used for such a centre yet nothing is being done. 

I have 2 and a half weeks to get more research and my notes ready for the big day.  I will of course let you all know how it goes.

Click here for my latest appearance in our local paper.

26 comments:

  1. Hope it all goes well and you achieve your aims! Good luck!

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  2. Oh that's amazing! Well done for fighting the cause, you must feel proud. Good luck x

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    1. Thank you, it is quite overwhelming but exciting x

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  3. Well done you. I am now off to have a read of your bit in the local paper

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  4. I'm so pleased for you - it just shows what you can achieve if you speak up for something that's important to you.

    Well done xx

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    1. Thank you. I have been a little overwhelmed but I am now back on track and ready for it. x

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  5. What a fantastic achievement, good luck with everything, I hope it all goes really well! :)

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    1. Thank you, I will let you know how it goes xx

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  6. I admire your action on a cause that is close to your heart. Well done Angela and good luck. x

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for your support xxx

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  7. That's absolutely brilliant Angela. I know how passionate you are about the subject so I know you will speak from the heart.

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    1. Thank you. I will keep you updated as much as I can x

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  8. Oh my goodness, this is massive. Well done you and I'd be so nervous talking at the public petitions committee meeting but you'll do fabulous I'm sure. Good luck, Mich x

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    1. Thank you so much. Oh I am nervous lol but it will be worth every second xx

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  9. Wow way to go you! Hope it all goes well x

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  10. Fabulous news, hope it all goes well xx

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  11. Wow well done you, I am sure you will be completely ready when the time comes x

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    1. Thank you :) I am so nervous but I will use those nerves in a positive way xx

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  12. What a wonderful achievement, well done you. x

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  13. well done, you're bound to be nervous but I bet it will go brilliantly x

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    1. Thank you, I am really nervous but excited too x

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