Minister for Mental Health

Current role holder: Clare Haughey MSP

Clare Haughey  MSP

Clare Haughey was appointed Minister for Mental Health in June 2018.


Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.

Specific responsibilities are:

  • mental health
  • child and adolescent mental health
  • adult support and protection
  • autism, sensory impairment and learning difficulties
  • dementia
  • augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (safeguards the rights of people with mental health problems, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions)
  • survivors of childhood abuse
  • The State Hospital (Carstairs)


She has worked as a mental health nurse, specialising in pregnant mothers and those with a young baby, and has been a clinical nurse manager.

Clare was elected as MSP for Rutherglen in May 2016. She was previously a divisional convenor in UNISON.

She grew up in Rutherglen and is a mother to three children.