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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-02976
Asked by: Pam Gosal, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 14 September 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made implementing a student mental health action plan that embeds mental health and wellbeing into the curriculum.

Current status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 30 September 2021


Answer

We are well on our way to achieving our commitment to introduce more than 80 additional counsellors in colleges and universities. Funding for the 2021-22 Academic Year, set at £4.23 million, an increase of almost £0.6 million on last year’s budget, will help address the issue of equity of access, a key commitment in our Student Mental Health Action Plan.

Over the coming months, the Scottish Government will work closely with sector and wider stakeholders, to further ensure equity of access to counsellors and to take forward our commitments to embed mental health and wellbeing into the curriculum, through the development of a Student Mental Health Action Plan.