Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland and health spokesperson, has today said the SNP is failing young people in need of mental health service provision.
The MSP made the comments following the release of figures from the Mental Welfare Commission which show young people are being treated in non-specialist facilities.
Mr Hume said:
“The Mental Welfare Commission reports demonstrate that the Scottish Government is not taking mental health seriously. Compulsory treatments have been at their highest since 2005 at 4,851 episodes. I remain concerned that this could indicate a lack of preventative support which is leading people to crisis point.
“This is why I hosted a mental health summit over the summer, which made it clear that there are problems preventing vulnerable young people from getting the support they need. It is worrying that 207 children across Scotland have been treated in adult wards, an increase from last year. This is not an appropriate care setting and I share the concerns of the Mental Welfare Commission about the impact this could have on their treatment and recovery.
"This is a worrying statistic and is why I want the SNP to establish parity in law so because the treatment of mental health is just as important as physical health. It would make clear that just as you would not allow a young person to wait six months for the treatment of a broken bone, you cannot allow a young person to wait six months for mental health treatment.”
Notes to editors,
A breakdown by local authority of the figures can be found here:
Figures by NHS Health Board: