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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06177: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to help employers tackle mental health stigma in the workplace.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 26 January 2017

The Scottish Government provides £1 million per year, along with £0.5million from Comic Relief, to fund the See Me, Scotland’s national programme to end the stigma and discrimination that can be associated with mental illness. See Me delivers the See Me in Work Programme to support and enable workplaces in Scotland to address mental health stigma and discrimination. The See Me in Work Programme encourages employers to create a mentally friendly workplace where staff feel safe and able to talk openly about mental health and support employees experiencing mental health issues to access their rights.

The Scottish Government also provides funding to NHS Health Scotland to provide programmes specifically targeted at workplace settings include Mental Health at Work and Work Positive. Workplaces sign up to these programmes. Between April 2016 to November 2016, Mentally Healthy Workplace (MHW) one day courses were delivered to 418 people and 221 businesses. Prior to attending these specific courses, participants are encouraged to complete an online course which employers are also encouraged to promote as part of their wider mental health awareness activities. Between April and November 2016 (which is the first year this online course has been actively promoted to employers), 7921 people have accessed this online resource. In addition, there has been Mentally Healthy Workplace Training for Trainers (T4T) courses to 34 trainers and 16 businesses which qualifies those attending to deliver the MHW course at a local or business level. Work Positive courses were delivered to 113 people / 80 businesses to allow them to use the Work Positive resource in their businesses and identify the work related issues that are causing stress to staff.