Mental Health Services (Renfrewshire South)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 24th March 2021.

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Photo of Tom Arthur Tom Arthur Scottish National Party

7. To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting mental health services in the Renfrewshire South constituency. (S5O-05152)

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

Clare Haughey is having trouble with her camera, so we will only hear from her.

Perhaps that was not your last word, cabinet secretary—we have lost Clare Haughey. It is a very specific question; perhaps you would be able to address a little bit of it for Mr Arthur, if he asks the question again.

Photo of Tom Arthur Tom Arthur Scottish National Party

To ask the cabinet secretary what support the Scottish Government is providing to mental health services in the Renfrewshire South constituency.

Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

It is a very specific question, and I will make sure that Mr Arthur gets the detail of the answer that Ms Haughey would undoubtedly have been able to give.

I can say a couple of things that I think are really important. First, the mental health transition plan that Ms Haughey has overseen provides significant additional resource to mental health recovery, focusing not only on children and adolescent mental health services waiting times but on preventative mental health and wellbeing for the entire population. Secondly, I am pleased to say that a significant number of the community wellbeing centres, which we announced in a previous programme for government, are ready to be operational from 1 April, and others will come on stream very shortly after. They provide wider support services, particularly for children, young people and their families, which certainly focus on mental health, but with a preventative and supportive focus, all of which will be of considerable benefit.

I am very happy to ensure that Ms Haughey provides a detailed answer to Mr Arthur before today is out.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

Mr Arthur has waived his right to a supplementary.