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    New statistics by the Scottish Liberal Democrats show that “young people have waited up to 666 days to access mental health services after being referred for treatment” in Scotland, The Herald, reports.

    The new figures revealed the following about mental health:

    • The longest wait for children who started treatment in 2016-17 was 666 days in Lothian, 623 days in Highland and 385 days in Grampian
    • The longest wait for those currently waiting for mental health treatments was 611 days in Fife and 448 days in Ayrshire and Arran

    Party leader, Willie Rennie said:

    “Waiting more than 600 days for help must feel like a lifetime. SNP ministers should hand their heads in shame.”

    Mr Rennie also said his party would stop mental health from being underfunded, set up new units for children and make sure more mental health professionals are more readily locations.

    A Scottish Government spokesman also said:

    “Our recently published Mental Health Strategy contains a range of actions that focus on prevention and early intervention to meet the mental health needs of children and young people, to help prevent the development of mental health problems, and to step in promptly where they develop.”

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    For more details, visit The Herald.

    May 15, 2017 by Abimbola Duro-David Categories: Housing And Benefits

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