FMQ ON MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

At First Minister's Questions this week, I had the opportunity to ask how the Scottish Government were marking this year's Mental Health Awareness Week. As a follow-up question, I asked the First Minister about a campaign which is calling on internet providers and search engines to do more to take down websites which offer instructions on how to self-harm.

DEBATE ON THE EVERYONE’S BUSINESS CAMPAIGN

It was a pleasure to hold a debate today (17th May) on the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s Everyone’s Business campaign on perinatal mental health care. Perinatal mental health problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child – and include illnesses like antenatal and postnatal depression, anxiety, psychosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others.

DEBATE ON DOG ATTACKS

Over the last 18 months, I have been working closely with Friends of the Calder, and in particular with the group's chair Susan Lindner Kelly, regarding dogs in Blantyre parks. I therefore took part in a debate looking at the figures of dog attacks in Scotland.