Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Lanarkshire at Breaking Point

Latest figures show that almost 1600 children and young people in Lanarkshire are currently on a Child and Adolescent mental Health Services waiting list – 68 per cent of whom have already been waiting longer than the target 18 weeks.

Monica raised concern that the mounting pressure on services is leading to young people being turned away, with data showing that 20 per cent of referrals to CAMHS in Lanarkshire were rejected

Across Scotland, 25 children and young people have their referral to CAMHS rejected every day.

Commenting, Monica said

“Mental health services are at breaking point despite the tireless work of NHS staff, and thousands of children and young people are at risk of falling through the cracks.

“I commend NHS Lanarkshire on steps it has taken in very difficult circumstances to introduce a new way of working, allowing patients to pick their appointment dates and times, and I look forward to the opening of the new CAMHS specialist centre in Hamilton.

“There is no escaping the truth that more investment is needed to properly fund these services.

“Far too many children and young people in Lanarkshire are facing long waits for help, or worse still being turned away altogether.”

Monica Lennon is an MSP for the Central Scotland Region. In 2021, she passed the ground-breaking Period Product (Scotland) Act. Follow her on Twitter for recent updates.