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Briggs welcomes expansion plans for Lothian mental health project.

Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP and the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, is welcoming the expansion plans of a pioneering mental health project in Lothian which is unique in the UK. Since 2006 Friends of the Award (FOTA) Edinburgh and the Lothians has worked in partnership with NHS Lothian’s CAHMS team to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) to young people with mental health issues. Following a successful application for lottery funding, FOTA plans to increase the number of young people with mental health issues it works with and to trial the use of DofE as an early intervention. Miles has today tabled a Parliamentary motion on the project.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ FOTA’s project with Lothian’s CAMHS team and occupational therapists in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital has been a major success story and has benefited many young people with mental health issues who have seen their confidence and self-belief grow through participation in the DofE and involvement in a structured programme.

“ I wish FOTA- which is this year celebrating 20 years of working with marginalised and disadvantaged young people in the Lothians- well in securing the rest of the funding required to allow it to expand its offering.

“ As I made clear in the policy paper on mental health I published at the end of last year, the value of schemes like the DofE in boosting the mental health of young people and building their resilience is significant and we should support those delivering it.”

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

Motion Number: S5M-07111
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 14/08/2017

Title: FOTA’s Plan to Expand Pioneering Lothian CAMHS Project

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the news that Friends of the Award (FOTA) Edinburgh and the Lothians is hoping to expand its child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) project in the Lothians following an award from the Big Lottery Fund; understands that FOTA, which helps deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) programme to marginalised and disadvantaged young people and, in 2017, celebrates 20 years of successful work, has, since 2006, worked in partnership with NHS Lothian’s CAMHS team to deliver the DofE programme to young people with mental health issues; believes that this CAMHS project is unique in the UK and has achieved highly positive results for the young people involved, helping improve their health and wellbeing, increase their self-confidence and self-belief, grow their interpersonal skills and feel engaged with their community; considers that the planned expansion of the project will see more young people with mental health issues able to participate in the DofE programme, as well as pilot its use as an early intervention; wishes FOTA well in raising the additional funding still required to allow it to expand its work, and considers that its CAMHS project is an innovative and important initiative that could be successfully replicated in other areas.

Miles Briggs