Date lodged: 26 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how information about pupil access to mental health services is recorded in light of the comment in The Scotsman on 26 July 2017, that "The Scottish Government say that a mental health link person is available for every school to access but it is not a specific job title and the role may be carried out by a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) clinician or another speciality such as primary care worker".
Answered by: Maureen Watt 15 August 2017
This information is not gathered centrally.
Awareness of child and adolescent mental health in schools has been improved by, amongst other things, our commitment to encouraging the establishment of explicit links between schools and child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) specialists as well as the development of a web-based toolkit (http://handsonscotland.co.uk) aimed at improving the confidence of teachers and others in responding to the mental health needs of children.
We take child and adolescent mental health very seriously. Our new 10-year Mental Health Strategy was published on 30 March, and sets out our vision to improve mental health in Scotland. A key section in the Strategy deals with prevention and early intervention. That section outlines our ambition that every child and young person should have appropriate access to emotional and mental well-being support in school. The very first action in the Strategy commits to a review of PSE, the role of pastoral guidance in local authority schools, and services for counselling for children and young people