Stirling SNP MSP Bruce Crawford has welcomed news that the Scottish Government will invest £1,294,000 in Stirling schools over the next four years.
The investment will mean that professional counselling services will be available to all secondary school pupils who require it by September next year. The Scottish Government is investing £60 million in mental health provision in schools across Scotland.
Counselling services currently delivered by qualified and registered counsellors through Pupil Equity or Scottish Attainment funding will continue, enabling local authorities to reallocate those funds to other priorities to help close the attainment gap.
School counsellors help support young people’s emotional, behavioural and mental health. Importantly, pupils will also have access to counsellors during school holidays, providing vital continuity of care.
Commenting, Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford said:
“Children and young people can face many issues growing up and must have the right support available at the right time.
“It is hugely welcome that, thanks to Scottish Government investment, every secondary school pupil in the Stirling area who needs it, will have access to professional counselling services by next year.
“This is a significant step forward in the SNP government’s package of measures to improve the mental health support available for children and young people.”