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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00667: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the provision of mindfulness therapy as a treatment for mental health problems.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 15 June 2016

The concept of mindfulness is widely promoted in a variety of mental health settings as a therapeutic tool in enhancing mental health and wellbeing.

To assist in providing effective, evidence-based treatments, the Scottish Government provides funding to NHS Education for Scotland to host the ‘Matrix’, an evidence-based guide for NHS boards on effective psychological treatments for a range of mental health issues. The ‘Matrix’ suggests that mindfulness may be considered as a treatment option for people with mental health problems. NHS Education for Scotland also support training in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.