Monday, 08 October 2018 17:14

SNP BACK 'WHOLE-SCHOOL' APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH PROVISION

SNP delegates have backed a campaign by the Mental Health Foundation for a “whole-school approach” to mental wellbeing.

The resolution was raised by Young Scots for Independence, the party’s youth wing.
Mental health support for young people was a prominent feature of the SNP Programme for Government outlined at Holyrood in September, and the 'whole-school' approach aims to equip teachers with training and support to prevent crisis situations in schools.

The Scottish Government have assembled a new CAMHS Taskforce, comprising of 22 young people tasked with gathering evidence and offering solutions on how young people’s mental health services in Scotland can be improved.

Commenting, SNP Mental Health Spokesperson at Westminster Dr Lisa Cameron MP said:

“The SNP has a strong record on mental health support. The SNP Scottish Government is the first in the UK to appoint a dedicated Mental Health Minister and there is an increase in the number of people working in child and adolescent mental health services. 

“The reduction in stigma attached to seeking help for mental health conditions has been an incredibly important step in the equality of physical and mental health. We acknowledge that this does present its own challenges to services, so the SNP has invested a record £1 billion this year to tackle mental health care.

“The SNP are committed to enabling every child, regardless of background, to reach their full potential. We will continue to work to ensure that no child has to miss school due to the cost of uniform. Whilst we work on practical solutions to tackle this issue, the UK Government needs to wake up to reality and fix the horrific problems of its austerity agenda and the legacy their brutal cuts are having on our children and young people.”


‘£60m for mental health counselling in all Scottish schools’ - https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/schools-get-60m-for-mental-health-58k6b7g9g

‘Sturgeon announces boost for mental health services’ - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-45395739

‘Nicola Sturgeon puts £250 million mental health plan at heart of programme’ - https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/politics/holyrood/1555410/nicola-sturgeon-puts-250-million-mental-health-plan-at-heart-of-programme/

‘Scotland’s mental health strategy: what you need to know’ - https://www.snp.org/scotland_s_mental_health_strategy_what_you_need_to_know

CONFERENCE RESOLUTION 11 - WHOLE-SCHOOL APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH PROVISION

Conference acknowledges that 2018 is the Year of Young People and that in partnership with the third sector, the Scottish Government has tasked a group of 22 young people with gathering evidence and offering solutions on how young people’s mental health services in Scotland can be improved.

Conference acknowledges the challenges in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and welcomes the new CAMHS Taskforce, backed with £5 million of investment, to reshape and improve services and ensure that young people have access to support when they need it.

Conference affirms that investment in prevention is crucial if we are to tackle the root causes of mental ill health and notes with concern the Mental Health Foundation’s research that 33% of young people aged 18 to 24 in Scotland have experienced suicidal feelings because of stressful situations while 24% have self-harmed.

Conference believes that all staff in schools require training and support in order to promote the emotional well-being of our children and young people to help prevent crisis situations.

Conference therefore backs the Mental Health Foundation’s campaign to create a “whole-school approach” to mental wellbeing by supporting mental health training for all teachers and support staff.

YOUNG SCOTS FOR INDEPENDENCE
JOSH MENNIE, ELECTED MEMBER OF NEC
GRAHAM CAMPBELL, ELECTED MEMBER OF NATIONAL COUNCIL

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