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Briggs commends SRUC’s new wellbeing strategy for students and staff.

Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP and the Shadow Health Secretary, is commending Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), which has campuses in Edinburgh and at Oatridge in West Lothian, for launching a new healthy learning and wellbeing strategy which aims to help staff and students with mental health problems. The launch of the strategy coincided with World Mental Health Awareness Day today, Tuesday 10th October. Miles has tabled a motion about the new strategy today at Holyrood.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ The SRUC is to be commended for its proactive approach to developing this new strategy which aims to support both its staff and students.

“ Reducing the stigma around mental ill health in the workplace and within the education sector is really important, as is raising awareness of just how common mental health problems are- with one in four people experiencing a mental health problem in any year- and what help and assistance is available.”

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* Please see below a copy of Miles’ motion as tabled today.

* For any further information, please contact Miles’ office on 0131 348 5945

Motion Number: S5M-08191
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 10/10/2017

Title: SRUC’s New Healthy Learning and Wellbeing Strategy

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the launch by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) of a new three-year healthy learning and wellbeing strategy, which aims to support staff and students and improve their productivity and learning; notes that the launch coincided with World Mental Health Awareness Day on 10 October 2017 and that the strategy focuses on prevention of work-related and lifestyle-influenced mental ill-health, with a focus on awareness raising and reducing stigma; understands that the SRUC, and its student association, SRUCSA, will also unveil Shady, a customised black dog statue, as part of SANE’s Black Dog Campaign; commends all involved in the development of the strategy, and hopes that it makes a real difference to the health and wellbeing of staff and students at the SRUC’s campuses in Edinburgh and Oatridge in Lothian region, and across Scotland.

Miles Briggs