Responding to new research from the Prince’s Trust showing more than 40% of young people have experienced a mental health problem and regularly feel stressed, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said additional investment in mental health services for them was urgently needed.
The research showed that:
- 53% of respondents regularly feel stressed;
- 43% of respondents have experienced a mental health problem;
- respondents' worries included body image, finances, and education results.
The Prince's Trust called on the Scottish Government and employers to support mental wellbeing during the Year of Young People.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“This research speaks volumes about the feelings and wellbeing of our young people. The Scottish Government needs to face up to the fact that over half admit to being stressed regularly and more than 40% report mental ill health.
"Official statistics show that almost a third of children and young people referred to treatment don't start it within 18 weeks. Some wait over a year for the help they need. That is atrocious and improvements are urgently needed.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats recognise the need to break the cycle of years of under investment in mental health and deliver a step change in the way we treat it.
"That should start with doubling the funding for CAMHS, creating mental health beds for young people north of Dundee, expanding mental health support in schools to boost early interventions and putting new mental health practitioners in every GP surgery.
"Young people deserve to be able to access the best support when they need it.”