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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-33914
Asked by: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 8 December 2020

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the number of mobile telephone calls that have been made by prisoners to (a) Samaritans, (b) Breathing Space and (c) other mental health helplines in each month since April 2020, broken down by prison.

Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 22 December 2020


Answer

I have asked Teresa Medhurst, Interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service to respond.

The following table provides information on the number of calls made to the Samaritans by establishment, from the date on which the mobile phones were introduced. At the moment, the Samaritans is the only mental health helpline number available on the mobile phones.

We also do not hold any information in relation to calls made from HMP Kilmarnock as they introduced their own in cell telephony service rather than mobile phones, however individuals in HMP Kilmarnock can access the Samaritans from their phones.

Establishment

Implementation

Calls to Samaritans (up to 18 Nov 2020)

Addiewell

29-07-20

177

Barlinnie

21-07-20

1363

Castle Huntly

22-06-20

12

Cornton Vale

15-06-20

77

Dumfries

25-06-20

60

Edinburgh

16-07-20

1216

Glenochil

30-06-20

307

Grampian

14-07-20

281

Greenock

06-07-20

116

Inverness

29-06-20

41

Low Moss

27-02-20

356

Perth

09-07-20

297

Polmont

17-06-20

737

Shotts

07-09-20

244

Total

 

5284