Mental Health Services (LGBT+ People)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 24th October 2018.

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Photo of David Torrance David Torrance Scottish National Party

12. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve access to mental health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender plus people. (S5O-02470)

Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

We are engaging with LGBT+ groups to support the implementation of our mental health strategy and the suicide prevention action plan “Every Life Matters”, and in the work of the children and young people’s mental health task force. Up to 2019-20, we are investing £54 million to help health boards to improve access to mental health services. Our programme for government also sets out a £250 million package of measures to support positive mental health and prevent ill health. The funding aims to ensure that high-quality mental health services are accessible to everyone.

Photo of David Torrance David Torrance Scottish National Party

The achievements of Kirkcaldy high school’s LGBT+ group were recognised at the recent Convention of Scottish Local Authorities excellence awards. How important does the minister consider such groups to be as we continue to challenge prejudice and inequality and improve the confidence and mental health of LGBT young people?

Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

I congratulate Kirkcaldy high school on its work and ask the member to pass on my congratulations to the school. Such work is vital to ensure that young people are confident in talking about issues that affect them. At each meeting of the children and young people’s mental health task force, Dame Denise Coia will share the chair with a member of the youth commission to ensure that the voices of children and young people are kept at the centre of that work. Young people are bringing an LGBTI voice to the youth commission and, as part of its research, the youth commission plans to meet LGBT Youth Scotland.