Date lodged: 6 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to the third supplementary to question S5F-02355 by Nicola Sturgeon on 17 May 2018 (Official Report, c.22), whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding whether it will roll out a national programme of mental health teacher training and improved counselling services for secondary school pupils.
Answered by: John Swinney 14 June 2018
We take child and adolescent mental health very seriously. We know that prevention and early intervention make a big difference in reducing the risk of developing mental health problems. Since 2014, Education Scotland has been delivering Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Training for Children and Young People to secondary school staff across 18 local authorities.
In 2017-18 this training was delivered to 67 secondary schools across Scotland and Education Scotland will continue to offer the training to schools, to complement the range of mental health strategies that are already in place within schools and local authorities.
In addition, the PSE review is currently underway and includes consideration of counselling services available for children and young people in schools. The review will be completed by the end of 2018.