PE01725: Suicide awareness and support for young people


Petitioner: Ann Marie Cocozza on behalf of Families and Friends Affected by Murder & Suicide (FAMS)


Date Lodged: 30 July 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make suicide awareness education, information and training mandatory for all high school pupils, teachers, carers and parents and to provide specific ring-fenced funding for this training. 

Petition History:


5 September 2019: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. It also agreed to explore the issues raised in the petition through its current inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland. Official Report of Meeting 5 September 2019

16 January 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the petitioner. Link to Official Report of Meeting 16 January 2020 

17 September 2020: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government has advised that it is unable to mandate the content of teacher training and it considers that it would be inappropriate to compel parents and carers to undertake training in any particular subject and; in relation to ring fenced funding, it is for local authorities to prioritise the use of their resources in line with local priorities and circumstances. Link to Official Report of Meeting 17 September 2020

Written submissions

PE1725/A: Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills submission of 3 October 2019 (112KB pdf)

PE1725/B: Petitioner submission of 8 January 2020 (130KB pdf)

Theres not enough services to combat mental health

Hannah Reilly

15:58 on 30 Jul 2019

Something needs to be done

Yvonne Mcneil

15:33 on 30 Jul 2019

Definitely need more help in schools with challenging mental health xx

Rebekah hoey

15:04 on 30 Jul 2019

so proud of FAMS and everyone that volenteers coming on board myself soon keep up the goid work each and everyone of you xx

isabel cochrane

15:04 on 30 Jul 2019

Mental health needs more awareness

Katie gibson

14:16 on 30 Jul 2019

More has to be done to many are dieing by suicide, it's all I'm seeing the amount of people that have taking the own life's is truly heartbreaking, I lost my dad 14 years ago to suicide broke my heart then and still broken and will never be fully healed.

Merridy Chalmers

14:09 on 30 Jul 2019

Help our young people. They are the future.

Angela Anderson

13:02 on 30 Jul 2019

Mental health services access is far to limited

Ashley bramman

11:42 on 30 Jul 2019

So sad that people think this is an answer hopefully the government put this into education as it devastates people's lives

Lorraine Masterson

11:38 on 30 Jul 2019

Something has to be done

Maria Houghton

11:36 on 30 Jul 2019

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