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Question reference: S5O-05152

  • Asked by: Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 17 March 2021
  • Current status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 24 March 2021


To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting mental health services in the Renfrewshire South constituency.


The Scottish Government is supporting mental health services with significant investment, The total £262.1 million budget for mental health and autism in the coming financial year more than doubles the budget for 2021/22 when compared to 2020 and takes total anticipated spend on mental health in 2021/22 to in excess of £1.2 billion.

As part of the support available, we have awarded £11.25 million to Community Planning Partners via Local Authorities to enable them to provide pandemic-related mental health and wellbeing services to children and young people in their local area. Renfrewshire received £340,500, which they have indicated has been used to enhance school counselling services and expand counselling sessions to young children in primary schools. They have also provided a support service to support children and young people in children’s houses. They will focus on family and parenting support and services that support 18 – 24 year olds.