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S5W-11730: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that all asylum seekers and refugees can access specialist mental health support services in each NHS area.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 26 October 2017

Our 10-year Mental Health Strategy was published on 30 March, and sets out our vision of a Scotland where people can get the right help at the right time, expect recovery, and fully enjoy their rights, free from discrimination and stigma.

The Scottish Government has directed NHS Scotland to provide services to all refugees and asylum seekers, including people whose claims for asylum have been refused. Access to good quality health care is important to people who may arrive in Scotland with physical or mental health problems associated with the reasons why they were forced to travel to the UK and claim asylum. A range of specialist health care services have developed in Glasgow to meet the needs of refugees and asylum seekers, including their mental health needs. In 2016, the Scottish Government provided £78,152 to support the Musawa refugee rights and participation mental health project, run by the Mental Health Foundation and Freedom from Torture.