Mental health crisis in schools continues

Students and young adults are being let down by mental health services, a new study has revealed.

The latest figures, published by Scottish Labour, show that around 18,000 referrals to child and adolescent mental health services in Scotland have been rejected.

The figures start from the introduction of the maximum 18-week waiting period in December 2014, launched by the Scottish Government.

Mental health in schools and universities is becoming an increasingly threatening issue. Just last week, a report revealed the impact that social media has on the lives of pupils. The researchers warned that pupils were “anxious” about their identity and associated success in social media with success in real life.

Now, the fact that pupils aren’t receiving the right help when they need it will be worrying for many parents and carers.

The Government recently published a green paper aimed at finding a solution for the issue.

‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision” outlined various proposals from creating a new mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams, to appointing a designated mental health point of contact in every school and college.

The latest statistics suggest that around one in 10 young people suffer some form of diagnosable mental health condition.