New Mental Health Strategy falls short of the mark say children's charities

Scotland’s largest children’s charities have expressed their disappointment that the Scottish Government’s 10 year strategy for mental health in Scotland lacks detail on how the transformational change needed to address children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing will be addressed.

A spokesperson for the organisations said:

"Whilst there is more of a focus on the role of schools and early intervention there is a distinct lack of detail in the document about what actions will take place to tackle the growing problem of poor mental health in our children and young people. We are concerned that there is a lack of clear timescales for change and no detail on who is accountable should there be no progress on improving the mental health of children and young people.

"We need to see national leadership now, to ensure policy commitments are matched by adequate and sophisticated public investment, in people, resources and relationships, to support the delivery of preventative services and to promote positive emotional wellbeing and resilience.

"There is now overwhelming evidence for this approach. The case has been made, now is the time for action."

Sally-Ann Kelly – Chief Executive, Aberlour Child Care Trust
Paul Carberry – Director of Service Development, Action for Children
Martin Crewe – Director, Barnardo’s Scotland
Mary Glasgow – Director of Children and Family Services and External Affairs, Children 1st
Angela Morgan – Chief Executive, Includem
Matt Forde – National Head of Service, NSPCC Scotland