Rise in self-harm shows need for new approach


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume has called for a new approach to treating mental ill health as figures published today revealed the number of children admitted to hospital for self-harm has doubled in some parts of Scotland.

The  figures showed that 563 under-18s were admitted for self-harm in Scotland. Scottish Liberal Democrats today repeated their calls for equality in the treatment of mental and physical ill health to be enshrined in law.

Commenting, Mr Hume said:

"These figures are hugely concerning. It is vital that vulnerable young people struggling with self-harm or mental ill health receive the help they need at the time they need it most. 

"We know that treatment targets for children and adolescent mental health services have been missed and missed again in many parts of Scotland. The fact that the number of children admitted to hospital as a result of self-harm has doubled in some regions shows clearly that the failure of the Scottish Government to take mental health seriously has let young people down. 

"Mental health has been the Cinderella service of our NHS for too long. We need to see a new approach to treating mental ill health. That starts with treating mental and physical services equally in law to ensure that mental health cannot be overlooked again."


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