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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11731: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the additional £150 million investment in mental health services, which was announced in the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027, will be allocated to specialist services for asylum seekers and refugees.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 26 October 2017

£4.6 million for Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) to work with Boards.

£10 million supporting new ways of improving mental health in primary care.

£15 million supporting better access to CAMHS and innovation.

£1 million supporting people become more active.

£4.2 million to support people in distress who turn to frontline services.

We would expect these improvements in access and support to apply across the population, so that people only have to ask once to get help fast. That particularly applies to groups that are more likely than others in our society to experience mental ill-health and poorer mental wellbeing, such as asylum seekers and refugees.