Results 61–80 of 587 for speaker:Clare Haughey

Scottish Parliament: Learning Disability (Covid-19) (9 Feb 2021)

Clare Haughey: We continue to work with health boards to ensure that everyone who is eligible for a priority vaccination is invited to receive one. Local health boards will contact individuals to arrange a vaccination appointment when they are eligible for one. However, if anyone is concerned that they have not received an invitation and thinks that they should have done, I encourage them to contact the...

Scottish Parliament: Learning Disability (Covid-19) (9 Feb 2021)

Clare Haughey: We all acknowledge what Rachael Hamilton has said. People have been feeling more isolated and lonely because of the necessary lockdown restrictions. The Scottish Government provided £445,000 of additional support to national autism and learning disability charities to help them to deliver their critical front-line services, which support people who are struggling as a result of Covid-19. The...

Scottish Parliament: Public Health (Gambling) (4 Feb 2021)

Clare Haughey: We welcome the report from the University of Sheffield. Gambling has the potential to negatively affect the physical and psychological health and the social functioning of people who gamble, and of others around them. In common with our approach to other compulsive and addictive behaviours, we address problem gambling as part of wider health issues. Anyone who believes that gambling is...

Scottish Parliament: Public Health (Gambling) (4 Feb 2021)

Clare Haughey: The Scottish Government recognises the harms that are related to gambling. For that reason, responsibility for tackling it rests with public health authorities. As with other issues involving addiction, we adopt a dual focus of reducing the burden that is caused to individuals and society while protecting children and young people from potential harm. To reduce that burden, we are...

Scottish Parliament: Maternity Care (Mental Health and Wellbeing Support) (4 Feb 2021)

Clare Haughey: The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring equitable co-ordinated access to mental health provision for new mothers and their families throughout pregnancy and during the postnatal period. We know that looking after the health and wellbeing of mothers is vital for them and for their children, and can contribute to breaking the cycle of poor outcomes from early mental health adversity....

Scottish Parliament: Maternity Care (Mental Health and Wellbeing Support) (4 Feb 2021)

Clare Haughey: It is essential that women in Scotland, including those who live in remote and rural areas, receive a safe high-quality service from the NHS. We continue to work with maternity transport groups as part of the best start programme. An expert group examines transport of pregnant women and newborn babies. As part of that group’s work, specific consideration is also being given to the pathways...

Scottish Parliament: Maternity Care (Mental Health and Wellbeing Support) (4 Feb 2021)

Clare Haughey: We recognise the difficulties that new parents—mothers, in particular—face in developing informal relationships with their peers at this time. However, there are measures in place to ensure that those who are more vulnerable continue to have access to support through whatever means are most appropriate—one example being peer support for mental health. They will also continue to have...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Clare Haughey: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My screen is showing an error message. I voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Support for Young People (1 Dec 2020)

Clare Haughey: I thank the Public Petitions Committee for looking into this important issue. I am pleased to respond on behalf of the Scottish Government. The issues that the Public Petitions Committee has raised are critical. Following the committee’s final report on its inquiry, I wrote to it with the Scottish Government’s response to key recommendations that were made. I wish to take some time to...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Support for Young People (1 Dec 2020)

Clare Haughey: Mr Mason will be aware of the fact that, last month, we increased funding to local authorities so that they could provide a direct response to the effects of the mental health challenges that children and young people face. I mentioned that in my speech. I take it that Mr Mason welcomes that commitment.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Support for Young People (1 Dec 2020)

Clare Haughey: On the basis of the points that he has made, I take it that Maurice Corry will welcome the establishment of the community wellbeing centres for five to 24-year-olds that are being rolled out across the country by local authorities. They will provide a lot of the early intervention and lower-level therapeutic interventions that he has spoken about.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Support for Young People (1 Dec 2020)

Clare Haughey: I am happy to respond now.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Support for Young People (1 Dec 2020)

Clare Haughey: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I thank members for this thoughtful and constructive debate, which has addressed many important issues this evening, and I again thank the committee for its work and its report. As the Minister for Mental Health, I am reassured that there is clear consensus that the mental health of our young people is of paramount importance and that we, as a country, must...

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...


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