Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems for adults of working age. In a recent report by Glasgow Centre for Population Health, NHSGGC consistently performed worse than Scotland as a whole. This was particularly notable for depression, anxiety and the drug and alcohol-related indicators.
Stephen House, Chief Constable, Strathclyde Police
"As Chief Constable of Strathclyde, an area which includes communities with the highest levels of alcohol related harm in Western Europe, my vision for a mentally healthy Greater Glasgow and Clyde would be one in which the relationship with alcohol had been transformed and a healthier culture of drinking brought about. I would like a much smaller proportion of my officers’ time to be taken up in dealing with drunken people. In the transformed culture, individual leisure and public safety would be enhanced by a culture of sensible recreational alcohol use. A necessary part of the changed culture would be a media in which the issue of alcohol use was treated responsibly, in which drunkenness was no longer glamorised, and in which young people were not bombarded with advertising and sponsorship images encouraging them to drink. The vibrancy and economic prosperity of our town or city centres should be promoted and spared the consequences of grossly excessive drinking. There are concrete grounds for optimism in this regard. Ten years ago, few would have predicted smoke free public places in Scotland and yet we led the way in achieving this. We need similarly bold actions for a healthy alcohol culture."
Georgina Brown, Glasgow GP with lead role for Deprivation
"We need recognition that health inequality is a universal societal problem and the health sector should promote a social morality. We must recognise that our assumptions about patients are often too simplistic. We need to recognise that they don't just wake up in the morning and decide to take drugs, lose their friends/ families, drink themselves to cirrhosis, become homeless, attempt suicide and claim benefit and spend their Saturday nights in filthy squats 'shooting up'. These are not informed choices but a direction of travel based on lack of opportunities, poverty, society and health issues. More tolerance is needed instead of judgement. We should be looking for methods of early intervention and questioning current modes of management. Does picking up a methadone script every month and seeing a counsellor for 10 minutes and doing this for 5 years really represent the optimal way of assisting people in moving out of a desperate circle? At best, this could be said to maintain them stable in the circle indefinitely."