Mental Health Services

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 19th December 2018.

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Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

I thank Monica Lennon for her question and again welcome the cross-party support for improving mental health services. That work should be done outwith party politics.

As I mentioned in my statement, the suicide prevention leadership group will publish its delivery plan shortly. People who have been personally affected by bereavement by suicide have been on that group. Those who have been affected by suicide have provided a lot of input to the group. Rose Fitzpatrick has met many families who have unfortunately been affected. As I said in my statement, we will work towards reducing the rate of suicide by a further 20 per cent.

I agree with Monica Lennon that data is an issue, and it is one that we have come up against. Dame Denise Coia identified it as an issue. One of the workstreams that she is looking at is on the development of better data. We will look at that right across mental health services. I am sure that the issue will be raised at the mental health group that I will chair.