Scottish Liberal Democrats have today said that mental well being of young people must be made a priority after new research by the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) revealed that pupils in the most deprived areas have worse mental well being than their peers.
The research follows shocking new figures revealed by the Liberal Democrats earlier in the week which showed children waiting over 600 days for vital mental health treatment.
Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for children and young people Sheila Thomson said:
''The SNP Government have left young people behind when it comes to mental health. This survey shows kids in the most deprived areas are suffering more than their peers and we need to address this properly. It's not fair and it shouldn’t be allowed to go on. We need more early intervention so that children are not neglected any longer.
''The Scottish Liberal Democrats are calling for a step-change in mental health to make sure services have the resources they need to help our young people.
''In the context of startlingly waiting times and a wide attainment gap, this situation is only going to get worse without a substantial increase in investment. Only the Liberal Democrats have set out a comprehensive and positive plan that will deliver a step change in mental health. This includes ending the under funding of mental health, new units for children and more professionals at more locations capable of delivering therapies. That is the way to give every child a chance of getting on in life.''