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Young people's mental health services a shadow of what they should be

September 1, 2021 4:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to Audit Scotland's blog on mental health services for children and young people, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"Scottish Liberal Democrats have championed the cause of Scotland's mental health for years now because we recognised that even before the pandemic services were a shadow of what they should be.

"This blog shows that since Audit Scotland last reviewed these services, the number of young people waiting more than a year has trebled. That's an indictment of SNP ministers who continue to treat mental health as a second-class service.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats secured significant additional funding in the most recent budget. This should be the first step in a long journey to rebuild these crucial services."