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Holyrood 404 / 21 May 2018

Holyrood 404 / 21 May 2018

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Tackling mental health in the young, Interview with John Swinney, plus the state of public contracts post-Carillion

404th issue of Holyrood magazine: Reporting the business of politics each fortnight since 3rd May 1999


3 Editor’s note

The menopause and the symptoms associated with it are, for many women, the last taboo

6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

7 Talking Point

Perhaps more people joined the march as it set off, but they certainly weren’t walking more than ten abreast in military formation

9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content

10 Political Spotlight

Is Donald Dewar’s legacy at stake as parliaments clash over Brexit?

12  Cover Story: Young people’s mental health

Young people know what they want to see changed in mental health services

16  Maureen Watt: Good to talk

The mental health minister on the ways government is engaging with young people

18  International connections: The world watches

Can Scotland play a leading role in global mental health?

20  Round Table: Mental health in parliament

Holyrood brings together a group of MSPs to talk mental health

24  ProcuremEnt: After Carillion

Are the outsourcing giants too big to fail?

28  Interview: John Swinney

The Deputy First Minister reflects on his journey and role in the SNP from opposition to government


Kate Forbes remembers going to school with monkeys

38 Comment

Kenny MacAskill: Public expectations for services need to be realistic

39 Events

A preview of

Holyrood’s upcoming policy events

40 Diary

Mistaken identity, ask Alexa and a history lesson from Stewart Stevenson

41 Pets

Jamie Greene tells us about the trouble with keeping tropical fish

39 Events

A preview of

Holyrood’s upcoming policy events

42 Last Word

Parliamentary sketch: Liam Kirkaldy watches on as MSPs discuss Brexit, rabbits, and cats escaping bags

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