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S5W-18509: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-12099 by Maureen Watt on 26 October 2017, what its response is to the recent report by the Children's Society, which states that a fifth of girls in the UK have self-harmed.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 18 September 2018

Although this is a UK-wide report, we are aware that levels of self-harm are higher in girls than boys in Scotland and it is unacceptable that anyone should feel this way. We want anyone who may be at risk of self-harm to be able to get the help they need quickly – ask once, get help fast.

We are taking forward fundamental improvements to the whole system to achieve this, including establishing a Task Force chaired by Dr Dame Denise Coia, and the Youth Commission on Mental Health. The Youth Commissioners have also been invited to be co-chairs of the Task Force, ensuring young people’s voices are at the heart of these reforms.

All of this work together will help make a real and tangible difference to the support available to our young people, including those at risk of self-harm.