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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5O-05152
Asked by: Tom Arthur, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 17 March 2021

Question

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

Current status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 24 March 2021


Answer

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.