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S5W-10465: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 25 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when it last published a strategy to tackle eating disorders, and what plans it has to publish a new one.

Answered by: Shona Robison 15 August 2017

Scottish Government actions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Scotland’s population have been set out in previous mental health strategies, and most recently in the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027. Delivery of these strategies will have impacted positively either directly or indirectly on the care and treatment of those living with an eating disorder.

In the current Strategy we are committed to developing a digital tool to ensure young people with an eating disorder are able to access support in a way that reflects digital lifestyles. We are also committed to a number of actions around prevention and early intervention and improving access to treatment and joined up accessible services. For example we are working with partners to improve access to child and adolescent mental health services; to improve access to psychological therapies as an evidence based treatment for eating disorder and other mental health conditions; and to improve responses for those in distress; These, and other actions, will all impact positively on those living with an eating disorder.

We have no current plans to publish a stand-alone eating disorder strategy, recognising instead the benefits of the overall strategic approach set out in the Mental Health Strategy 2017-27.