Children and young people waiting too long for mental health treatment

Children and young people in East Lothian, and across the Lothians, are waiting too long for mental health treatment, new figures have revealed.

Official figures show 41% of those young people seen by Children and Young People’s Mental Health services between April and June 2019 in NHS Lothian had to wait more than 18 weeks.

Across Scotland during this period, a total of 1,217 children and young people had to wait more than the four-and-a-half month waiting time target.

Meanwhile thousands more had their referral for mental health treatment rejected in year since SAMH’s report on CAMHS rejected referrals was published.

The figures underline the mental health crisis in our NHS is getting worse under the SNP government.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“Young people in East Lothian seeking help for mental health problems are being failed by the Scottish Government.

“Despite endless pledges from this SNP government, progress on mental health services for young people remains too slow – with thousands of children still being rejected from treatment and many more facing waits of over four months to be seen.

“This is simply not acceptable.

“Our young people need early intervention, and a year on from the last Programme for Government, thousands of children are still waiting on the roll out of school-based counselling.

“It’s not good enough. With the number of young people dying by suicide increasing last year, it’s more vital than ever that the SNP Health Secretary gets to grips with this mental health crisis and ensures our young people get help when they need it.”