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S5W-19634: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of how occupational therapy can be more effectively delivered in schools, colleges and universities to help deal with mental health problems among young people.

Answered by: John Swinney 6 November 2018

We have made absolutely clear the commitment of this government to promoting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. There are a range of professionals, including occupational therapy services, who have a valuable contribution to make to supporting and improving children and young people’s mental health. Education authorities and schools can utilise a spectrum of support services, including occupational therapists, to meet the needs of their pupils.

To support students in colleges and universities the Scottish Government has supported the NUS Scotland’s “Think Positive” project, which focusses on the importance of early intervention. Additional funding for the project was announced in March 2018, to; help institutions create a Student Mental Health Agreement, launch a small grants scheme (up to £250), encourage innovation, and organise events to share best practice in student mental health support.

Further, The Programme for Government includes commitments to provide counsellors in schools and further and higher education to provide support and to develop and maintain positive mental health and wellbeing for children and young people.