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April/May 2007 No 66

Action to end mental health discrimination

The STUC will campaign to combat discrimination on the grounds of mental health and will ensure that union reps have the knowledge and skills to negotiate policies in the workplace to support and retain members with mental health difficulties.

Supporting the move, UN ISON's Lilian Macer told delegates that one in four Scots has experienced a mental health problem. She welcomed innovations to treat people in the community but added that this requires considerable additional staffing and an appropriate staff mix.

"UNISON is not convinced that NHS boards have in place the provision that will support our members with mental health problems to gain and retain employment within the Scottish workforce and more needs to be done", she said.

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