Date lodged: 7 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what immediate support is offered to people following the death of a family member when the cause of death is associated with alcohol and/or drug misuse.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 August 2018
Immediate support is offered by services in local areas and is offered in the most appropriate way depending on circumstances. Families are supported to make contact with third sector organisations such as Scottish Families affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) or Cruse bereavement Care when they are ready. When someone passes away in hospital there can also be contact from hospital chaplaincy where this is deemed appropriate to the family.
The Scottish Government fund SFAD to provide a range of materials and services, including a free helpline and counselling sessions, for those who are impacted by other people’s drug and alcohol use, including bereavement. SFAD regularly review and update their support available to families. Further information can be found at the SFAD website - https://www.sfad.org.uk/