Writing in The Herald and marking Children's Mental Health Week, Niall Kelly from coalition member Young Foundations, comments on the dividends to gained by investing in children's mental health.
The Scottish Children's Services Coalition responds to the Mental Welfare Commission Scotland report on admissions of children and young people to non-specialist hospital wards for treatment of their mental health difficulties.
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.
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.
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).
Stuart Jacob, Director of Falkland House School, member of the SCSC, comments on the worrying number of young people contacting the NSPCC's Childline services with suicidal thoughts.
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.