Mental Health First Aid Training (School Staff)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 26th February 2020.

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Photo of Beatrice Wishart Beatrice Wishart Liberal Democrat

While committing to increase mental health first aid training in schools, the Government has said that it will increase the number of available counsellors in schools by September 2020. Does the cabinet secretary recognise that there are difficulties in assessing that target because of insufficient information on the number of counselling courses that are currently funded by education authorities? Will the cabinet secretary consider requesting from local authorities a breakdown of pupil equity funding spend to assist with that scrutiny and to ensure that that important expansion is successful?