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Holyrood 447 / 1 June 2020

Holyrood 447 / 1 June 2020

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Mental Health - It's OK to not be OK. Featuring MSPs on how the lockdown is impacting their mental health and an exclusive interview with the Mental Health Minister, Clare Haughey, on finding the inner resilience to carry on in unimaginable times.

3 Editor’s note
How dare Dominic Cummings expect to be exonerated for his actions on the excuse that he was only being a good father. What does he think the rest of us have been doing?  

5  Roundup  
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

6 Talking Point
The possibility that life will improve as a result of more home working

8  Political Spotlight: Testing times
The Scottish Government will be under pressure to get Test and Protect right after the failures of the Nike conference

10  Overview: Mental health
As Scotland’s mental health sector prepares for increased demand, is it time for a strategic re-think?

14  Cover Story: It’s OK to not be OK
MSPs reveal how lockdown has impacted their mental health and what they’re doing to feel better

18  Interview: Clare Haughey
The Mental Health Minister on finding the inner resilience to carry on in unimaginable times

22  Feature: Looked-after children
Staff living in at a children’s home in Inverness has had a transformative effect on the young people in their care

The COVID pages

25 At a glance: What’s new from the past two weeks

26 Boomerang kids: Could the pandemic speed up the trend of the boomerang generation? 

27 Getting to know you: Parent counsellor Gillian Davidson  

28 Interview: Mark Logan reveals what he’ll be looking at in his tech sector review 

29 On the [home] desk: John Nicolson MP on the family connections in his study 

30 Comment
Inequality stops too many from getting on our bikes    

32 Diary
Lib Dems peak early, uncivil service and Pointless rivalry

31 Pets
Councillor Julie Bell introduces her menagerie    

34 Last Word
Sketch: Jackson Carlaw takes a brave stand

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