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.
New waiting time figures covering the quarter from April to June 2017 indicate that five of 14 health boards failed to meet a Scottish Government waiting time target for access by children and young people to specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
The SCSC calls for urgent action from the Scottish Government to increase investment in mental health services for children and young people. The call comes as half of Scotland's health boards fail to meet a maximum waiting time target.
The SCSC strongly supports the findings of the Scottish Youth Parliament’s report, which reveals the scale of the epidemic in mental health problems for young people. Like the Children’s Commissioner, Tam Baillie, we echo the urgent call for a greater focus on the mental health needs of our vulnerable children and young people.
The SCSC calls for a greater focus on the needs of children and young people with mental health problems as more than 20 are turned away from a specialist mental health unit in Dundee due to a lack of staff and beds.
The SCSC calls for greater investment in mental health services after a study indicates that teenage girls in Scotland suffer some of the worst mental health problems in Europe and North America.
The SCSC publishes its manifesto for the Scottish Parliament elections in May, setting out a series of recommendations for Scotland to be one of the best places in the world for vulnerable children and young people to grow up in.
The SCSC calls on the Scottish Government to act urgently to ensure that NHS Health Boards achieve waiting time targets for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
The coalition calls on the Scottish Government to act urgently to ensure that NHS Health Boards achieve waiting time targets for access to CAMHS.