‘Radical transformation’ needed for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
June 6, 2019
By: Jenna Rachid
Official figures reveal that 118 young people waited more than 53 weeks to receive mental health support at the beginning of 2019.
While the target is for 90% of patients to be seen within 18 weeks of referral, across Scotland less than three-quarters (73.6%) were seen within this time.
A spokesman for the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition told the BBC: ‘These latest waiting time figures highlight the fact that we are continuing to fail thousands of children and young people with mental health problems.’
Overwhelmed by the news?
UKCP psychotherapists Professor Brett Kahr and Dr Graham Music spoke to the Guardian about the overwhelming nature of today’s news.
‘People are overwhelmed and bombarded by every type of communication. You can feel like a dartboard, being hit by little shards of news – none of which is personalised or compassionate, so it can feel like a psychologically persecutory experience.’ says Kahr.
Youth Commission calls for ‘better mental health support’
Following a 16-month study into mental health services, Scotland Youth Commission on Mental Health concludes that investment into services and addressing barriers is essential to support the mental wellbeing of young people.
The resulting report suggested a series of measures to the Scottish Government for improving mental health provisions for young people.
Can you emotionally support a friend?
It is hard to know what to say when you know someone is struggling emotionally. CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) has developed the ALAN method to help get the conversation started.
The ALAN Method:
First ASK and remember to LISTEN. Then you can create an ACTION plan and establish a support NETWORK of family, friends and professionals; letting your friend know they are not alone.
‘I’m marrying my first love, but feel I’ve missed out on a lot of life experience.’
UKCP psychotherapist Geoff Lamp offers his thoughts in the latest Ask Annalisa Barbieri.
Lamp advises the importance of building honesty. ‘It might actually be quite liberating to talk.’ He says.