The Scottish Children's Services Coalition calls for a 'Budget for mental health' as latest waiting time figures highlight that around a third of children and young people are not being seen within the Scottish Government target time.
Writing in The Scotsman, Seona Weir, lead manager Scotland for coalition member, Young Foundations, highlights the long wait faced by many children and young people with mental health problems and the urgent need for greater support.
Writing in The Herald, Stephen McGhee, Depute Managing Director for coalition member, Spark of Genius, marks World Mental Health Day by calling for greater investment in mental health services in the Scottish Government Budget.
Writing in The Herald, Lynn Bell, CEO of coalition member, Love Learning Scotland, highlights the challenges faced by those children who find their referral for specialist mental health treatment rejected.
Noting the latest waiting time figures, the Scottish Children's Services Coalition calls on the Scottish Government to increase investment in mental health services for children and young people.
Writing in The Scotsman, Dr Marie Holmes, Clinical Psychologist for coalition member Spark of Genius, highlights the major beneficial impacts clinical psychologists can have on children who have experienced trauma.
Kenny Graham, Head of Education at Falkland House School, writes for Friends of the Scotsman on the need for greater action when it comes to addressing the mental health needs of children and young people.
We call on the Scottish Government to increase investment in mental health services for children and young people.
We call for the budget spent on mental health services for children and young people to be tripled in the forthcoming Scottish Budget.
It is our vision for Scotland to become a world leader in the care and support of vulnerable children and young people.