Results 1–20 of 514 for speaker:Clare Haughey

Scottish Parliament: Mental Ill Health (Impact of Pandemic and Restrictions) (26 Nov 2020)

Clare Haughey: On 8 October, we published Scotland’s mental health transition and recovery plan, which outlines our response to the mental health effects of the pandemic. The plan is comprehensive and contains over 100 actions. It outlines a set of key actions that we will take forward at pace. It is fully informed by a consideration of evidence provided by our mental health research advisory group. As...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Ill Health (Impact of Pandemic and Restrictions) (26 Nov 2020)

Clare Haughey: I thank Alex Cole-Hamilton for raising this very important issue. Every life lost is a tragedy, and my sympathies go to those who have been bereaved by suicide. We work very closely with the suicide prevention leadership group, and we will continue to do so. A range of work is going on. For the sake of brevity, I will not speak about all of it, but I am more than happy to write to Alex...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (11 Nov 2020)

Clare Haughey: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I had similar problems to Kate Forbes in that I would have voted no, but the screen froze and I was unable to change my vote.

Scottish Parliament: Suicide Prevention (4 Nov 2020)

Clare Haughey: Suicide prevention continues to be a priority for the Scottish Government. In our recently published “Mental Health—Scotland’s Transition and Recovery” plan, we set out an evidence-based suicide prevention response to the pandemic. In partnership with our national suicide prevention leadership group, we recently launched the evidence-based united to prevent suicide campaign. We...

Scottish Parliament: Suicide Prevention (4 Nov 2020)

Clare Haughey: Now, more than ever, it is of the utmost importance that our students are able to receive the mental health and wellbeing support that they need. We are actively considering what additional targeted support is needed for students, to support their mental health and wellbeing. On 22 September, the Scottish Funding Council announced a further £3.6 million in support of our commitment to...

Scottish Parliament: Suicide Prevention (4 Nov 2020)

Clare Haughey: The Scottish Government has on-going discussions with all our key stakeholders on a regular basis.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: We are all in the process of learning how to live with Covid-19. To say that a full national lockdown was tough is perhaps putting it mildly, but the introduction of temporary measures now will also be really challenging for people across the country. It shows that the road to recovery from the pandemic will not be linear or straightforward. We have all been through a lot and the importance...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: I thank Brian Whittle for his questions; I will try to answer each of them in turn. We recognise that it might be a difficult time for some pupils who are going back to school, but we also recognise that being at school actually helps some children, in terms of their mental health and socialisation, and provides them with support that they might not have if schools were not open. However, I...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: I think that Mary Fee has perhaps misunderstood some of the contents of the plan, which is about things going forward. Mental health services have continued during the Covid pandemic, albeit that some of them—group therapy, for example—have had to stop. Because of the Covid restrictions, a number of people could not physically be in a room; that simply would not have been safe. However,...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: We have been responding to mental health needs, and we will continue to respond to them throughout Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: We have worked closely with partners across health and social care, including NHS boards, health and social care partnerships and local employers, to ensure that a range of mental health and wellbeing support is in place for our amazing workforce. During the pandemic, a wide range of measures to protect staff wellbeing has been put in place at the local level. Sometimes those measures have...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: The Scottish Government provides funding to the national rural mental health forum for work to improve mental health and wellbeing in areas of rurality. In our transition and recovery plan, we have committed to work in partnership with the national rural mental health forum to develop an approach to ensure that rural communities have equal and timely access to mental health support services....

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: If Pauline McNeill wants to write to me with the details of that specific case, I would certainly be happy to look at it. The community mental health and wellbeing centres, which we are developing in conjunction with our local authority colleagues, are for people in the five to 24 age range. Some of the centres will be in place before the end of the financial year. I am certainly happy to get...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: The community wellbeing services will support children and young people to access support for their mental health and emotional wellbeing in their communities. We have allocated £2 million to local authorities towards the development of community mental health services for children and young people, and we are allocating a further £3.75 million in this year’s budget specifically to fund...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: Alison Johnstone speaks of the care home workforce as highly skilled people who provide care to some of our most vulnerable residents, which is what we all feel about them . As I mentioned in a previous answer, we set up the staff wellbeing hub, which we have now expanded so that it is available not only to NHS staff but to care home staff. We did so in recognition of the difficult situation...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: I will take the point on suicide statistics first. My understanding is that the statistics will be published in November this year; they have been delayed because of the Covid pandemic. With ISD Scotland, we are looking at how we can get more real-time statistics on suicide and self-harm, so that we can work with the national suicide prevention leadership group to target interventions more...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: I thank George Adam for raising that important issue. We understand that older people are more likely to experience circumstances that contribute to poorer mental health, such as poverty, isolation, loneliness and poor physical health. The wider impacts of Covid-19 might exacerbate those circumstances further. That is why we have set out key actions in the document to support the mental...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Clare Haughey: I am really pleased that Annie Wells has asked that question, because that issue has not been raised yet in questions from members, although I spoke of it in my statement. In the transition and recovery plan, we have committed to establishing an equality forum to help us identify the specific actions that we should take to address mental health inequality on an individual and a structural...

Scottish Parliament: Family Care Givers (30 Sep 2020)

Clare Haughey: I add my thanks to members across the chamber for their contributions to this extremely important debate. I also thank those who have been in touch with us ahead of today. That includes Inclusion Scotland, Engender and Close the Gap, but, most importantly, it includes the families and friends of loved ones who have shared their experiences with me, as a Scottish minister and as a constituency...

Scottish Parliament: Family Care Givers (30 Sep 2020)

Clare Haughey: Of course, we will continue to work with all partners who provide care across the country. Mr Whittle needs to remember that the virus emerged in January this year, and none of us could have predicted what would happen in the months following that. We will continue to work with care home providers, but it must be remembered that we cannot instruct them in the way that some people seem to...


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