Figures released this week have shown that young people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are still waiting too long for specialist mental health treatment.

During 2019, 746 children and young people who were seen by the CAMHS services in Greater Glasgow and Clyde had waited more than 18 weeks; of those, 26 had been waiting more year.

Statistics from this week also showed that at the end of December 2019 there were a further 3749 children and young people still waiting for their CAMHS appointment. 1410 had already been waiting longer than the four and half month target. 53 had been on the waiting list for over a year. Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board has the highest number of children and young people still waiting for their CAMHS appointment out of every health board in Scotland.

This week, Childline reported a sharp increase in the number of young people contacting them regarding mental health issues.

NSPCC Scotland has reported that Childline is dealing with up to five calls a day from young people dealing with mental health issues and that counselling sessions in Scotland have skyrocketed by 90 per cent from three years ago.

Jackie Baillie said:

“These figures reveal the human cost of the SNP’s mismanagement of our NHS and mental health services.

“It is unacceptable that almost 4000 children and young people in and around my constituency are still waiting for their much needed appointment with CAMHS. It is even more shocking that 1410 have been waiting for more than 18 weeks and that 53 have been kept waiting for over a year.

“Children and young people in Dumbarton Constituency are being neglected and their health is in decline due to the SNP’s mismanagement of our NHS with waiting times getting longer and delayed discharge rates rising. It is utterly unacceptable that these young people are having to pay the price for Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s incompetence.

“Rates of suicide and poor mental health amongst young people are on the rise in Scotland and organisations such as NSPCC are shouldering the burden of vastly increased demand.

“I will continue to call on the Scottish Government to properly fund our life-saving services so that children and young people in my constituency receive the care and support that they need.”

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