Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP today called for new steps to boost mental health services for young people as a new report revealed significant increases in the number of young girls reporting poor mental health and well being.
The proportion of 15 year old girls recording borderline and abnormal scores for emotional problems rose from 28% in 2010 to 41% in 2013.
Commenting, Jim Hume MSP said:
“We know Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services are stretched. Some children and teenagers have been forced to wait over a year for treatment, or to travel hundreds of miles to see a specialist.
“This report confirms that we still face major challenges in ensuring that young people can access the mental health services they need. The increase in the number of 15 year old girls struggling with emotional difficulties is clearly concerning. We need to understand why this is happening and ensure the right resources are in place.
“Mental health has been the Cinderella service of our NHS for too long. It is time that SNP Ministers got serious about improving services, starting by putting treatments for physical ill health and mental ill health on an even footing in law.”