Mental Health is our top priority
The recognition by the Scottish Government that mental health should be at the heart of any public health strategy, as outlined recently in its priorities for public health, is to be greatly welcomed. However, these words must be matched by actions, and this includes a much greater focus on prevention and early intervention in the face or a greatly increased demand on services.
It is estimated that around 3 children in every classroom have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem and 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 24.
Less then 0.5% of total NHS expenditure is spent on specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
In addition to increasing investment in CAMHS, preventing mental health problems through building personal resilience during childhood and adolescence is essential. This includes the need for greater education and support within schools.
Scottish Children's Services Coalition
We work in partnership with the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition and Scottish Government to raise campaigns for children with mental health or additional support needs. www.thescsc.org.uk