Date lodged: 5 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what early intervention programmes are in place to address eating disorders.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 19 September 2017
The Scottish Government's mental health strategy 2017-27 commits to a number of actions to improve prevention and early intervention, recognising this is key to minimising the prevalence and incidence of poor mental health and the life time impact of mental illness, including eating disorder.
I expect prevention and early intervention for eating disorder and other mental illnesses to be a focus of activity and funding for NHS Boards and Integrated Authorities. These agencies are responsible not only for effective early intervention at a public health level through raising awareness and information and identifying risk for example in schools, higher education and primary care, but also for the provision of tailored care and support at the earliest opportunity which responds to the assessed needs of the individual.
In Scotland, a range of eating disorder services and treatment is provided in line with clinical good practice across community, primary care and specialist services for children, adolescents and adults.