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(UK) Scotland: Almost 8,000 children on waiting lists for services

Dec 4, 2018, tes (Times Educational Supplement): Mental health: hundreds wait over a year for help—New figures show the long waits children face for specialist mental health treatment https://www.tes.com/news/mental-health-hundreds-wait-over-year-help A total of 221 young people in Scotland have been waiting more than a year for specialist help with mental health problems, new figures have shown. The statistics – classed as "management information only" as they have not been assessed by statistical regulators – also disclosed there were 197 cases where children were treated on adult wards in 2017-18. Concerns about students' mental health in Scotland led in September to an announcement of plans to provide a counsellor in every secondary school in the country. The new figures that that in 255 cases, patients were admitted to child and adolescent units for treatment. … At the end of September this year, 7,860 children and young people were waiting for help, including 221 who had been on the list for 53 weeks or more…. … despite the fact that the equivalent of three children in every classroom has a clinically diagnosable mental health problem. … Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton described it as a "disgrace" that the number of youngsters waiting over a year for help was on the rise. He said: "Mental ill health among this age group is at crisis levels…. "The CAMHS budget must be boosted, mental health beds need to be established north of Dundee and every GP surgery and A&E in the country should have a mental health practitioner capable of treating people. … A Scottish government spokesman said: "We're clear that we must continue to build services in the community to meet significantly rising demand and take pressure off specialist services. "That is why we're investing an additional £250 million into mental health to support measures such as counsellors in every secondary school, improved training for teachers, and more nurses in schools and counsellors in universities and colleges. …