Date lodged: 2 May 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-19849 by John Swinney on 20 November 2018, whether it plans to carry out an evaluation of the money given to local authorities to provide mental health first aid training to school staff.
Answered by: John Swinney 14 May 2019
Delivery of the Mental Health First Aid Training programme is administered by NHS Health Scotland and Education Scotland and is a valuable and important element of the provision of mental health support for everyone who works with children and young people.
Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Training is delivered by a qualified Scottish Mental Health First Aid instructor and is continuously monitored by NHS Health Scotland.
Local authorities whose staff have undertaken the training, provide a summary and a brief evaluation of the impact of the training within their authority area, to Education Scotland on an annual basis. Education Scotland is currently undertaking an audit of the number of teachers and school staff in all local authorities that have undergone the training in order to identify future Career-Long Professional Learning requirements.