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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:00 pm on 22nd April 2004.

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Photo of George Reid George Reid None 5:00 pm, 22nd April 2004

The fourth question is, that motion S2M-1184, in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, on mental health, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.

That the Parliament acknowledges, in National Depression Week, the Scottish Executive's commitment, reflected in the Partnership Agreement, to maintain the mental well-being of the people of Scotland and to improve the situation of those with mental health problems; notes that National Depression Week aims to raise awareness of the realities of depression and to reduce the stigma associated with it; commends the work of the National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-Being and progress towards implementation of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003; welcomes specific initiatives in relation to workforce development and service re-design, such as the Doing Well by People with Depression projects, but also urges the Executive to continue to support efforts to reduce suicides through the "Choose Life" strategy, to remove stigma and to increase the range and quality of services available to those with mental health problems.