Suicide Prevention

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 8 September 2022.

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Photo of Christine Grahame Christine Grahame Scottish National Party

As the First Minister is aware, this is international, as well as national, suicide prevention week.

Without scaremongering, I would say that both domestic and business inflationary pressures may very well push some folk to the brink. What measures can the Scottish Government take to help desperate people, liaising, for example, with organisations such as the Samaritans, which I commend for all that it does?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

I thank Christine Grahame for raising an extremely important issue.

The cost of living crisis, which has come so quickly on the back of the Covid crisis, is, of course, having an impact on the mental health of many people across the country. The Scottish Government will continue to do all that we can, working with third sector organisations such as the Samaritans, which does a fantastic job in the area, and we will continue to invest in mental health services. That will continue to be a priority for the foreseeable future and, I am sure, much beyond that.