The number of people working in child and adolescent mental health is going up and the number of child psychology posts has doubled over the past 10 years.

 

We even have the UK’s first dedicated minister for mental health, Clare Haughey, a mental health nurse herself.

 

Demand is increasing and the Scottish Government have vowed to take action over the next parliament.

 

Investment in mental health wasn’t the only ambitious policy introduced by the Scottish Government last week.

 

 

An Education Bill will help close the poverty-related attainment gap, the SNP will deliver a fairer deal for public sector workers by lifting the pay cap, and the government will implement Frank’s Law, providing free personal care for those under 65 who need it.

 

For families, there will be a Best Start Grant to support parents at key stages of their child’s early years.

 

The Government will also establish a Scottish National Investment Bank and more money will go to homelessness projects, to name just a few policies.

 

As the First Minister said, the Scottish Government’s plans for the next year and beyond are to shape the kind of Scotland we seek – an inclusive, fair, prosperous, innovative country, ready and willing to embrace the future.