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S5W-06358: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recent report by the Be Real Campaign and the YMCA, Somebody Like Me, on the impact of body-image anxiety on young people.

Answered by: Shona Robison 1 February 2017

We welcome the YMCA latest research - ‘Somebody like me’ as part of Dove’s ‘Be Real' campaign on body image. Teachers must ensure children and young people understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. This government is clear that children and young people should have an understanding that there is support available to them if they need it. A mental health link person is available to every school, this has been achieved in a variety of ways using various models working to meet local needs.