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Scotland: Government promises 250 new school nurses

07 November 2018

As touched on last issue, funding for 250 extra school nurses has been promised to improve mental health provision in Scotland. As part of her Programme for Government, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said £250m would be spent improving mental health services over the next five years.

The sum includes £60m in additional school-nursing and counselling services, with 350 new counsellors and 250 nurses working across schools, colleges and universities.

The investment is intended to leave no secondary school in Scotland without a counselling service, while teachers will be given more training on how to help pupils experiencing difficulties.

A community mental wellbeing service will also be created for five- to 24-year-olds, offering immediate access to counselling, self-care advice and family and peer support.

 

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