SCOTLAND'S mental health minister has given her backing to a Greenock charity which is providing crucial support to vulnerable people with problems.

Clare Haughey spoke out as she visited Mind Mosaic - a local counselling and therapy organisation which supports both children and adults.

During her visit to their premises in Ladyburn Business Centre on Wednesday, she heard about its work, learning about services such as play therapy, survivor and counselling services.

Ms Haughey, who worked as a mental health nurse and has been a clinical nurse manager, told the Tele she was 'really impressed'.

She added: "They are a very professionally trained workforce.

"And the work that they do for local children and families is obviously really valuable and important."

Sandra Boyle, who is Mind Mosaic's children's service director, said the visit was a great opportunity to show the Scottish Government the support they offer.

She said: "We have a unique service as we are the only play therapy organisation in Inverclyde that works with children and young people aged from three to 18.

"We also adult survivor services and peri-natal mental health services."

Gwyneth MacDonald, the director of adult services, spoke about the instrumental support they provide to adults.

She said: "It's really great that the minister has came to visit.

"It's great to share the work that we do with everyone."

Local SNP MSP Stuart McMillan wrote to the minister last year to highlight the charity's important role in the community and beyond.

He said: “Between their adult and children and families services, Mind Mosaic help lots of people in Inverclyde to access high-quality mental health services to support their wellbeing and recover from difficult times in their lives.

"I’m so grateful to Mind Mosaic for the services they provide – the charity are simply invaluable.

"I’m pleased the minister was able to see for herself the wonderful work going on in Inverclyde regarding mental health.”