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Cole-Hamilton: Passive approach to mental health not good enough

September 4, 2017 10:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today criticised the SNP Government in their passive approach to mental health provision after it was revealed that 250,000 children in Scotland have no access to school-based counselling service.

An investigation by the BBC revealed that 14 local authorities had no on-site counsellors and provision by other councils wasn't consistent. It was also revealed that school counsellors dealt with thousands of cases including substance abuse, self-harm and depression in the past year.

Commenting Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"This is the latest in a string of revelations about the state of mental health provision in Scotland. From children waiting hundreds of days for treatment to a late and unambitious mental health strategy, the SNP Government has yet to deliver on improving mental health provision.

"We have heard the SNP's warm words on mental health time after time but their passive approach to mental health is not good enough and is failing future generations.

"Only the Liberal Democrats will deliver the step change we so desperately need in mental health and make sure that our children have the best start in life."