Ahead of World Mental Health Day, Aberdeenshire Liberal Democrat candidate John Waddell has urged MSPs from across the political divide to come together and back calls to provide inpatient care for youngsters in need of mental health treatment in the North East.
- Text of letter from John Waddell to all MSPs for the North East (09/10/20):
I am writing to you regarding inpatient Child & Adolescent Mental Health care in the North East.
Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. You will know that there are no inpatient beds for CAMHS in Aberdeen and that the wellbeing and life chances of children experiencing long-term mental health issues can be severely impacted if the proper treatment is not provided.
At present, the unit in Dundee provides the most northerly available inpatient care, leaving many people in the North without access to such vital service. For young people suffering severe mental ill health it is distressing enough for them and their families without needing to travel long distances to receive the essential care that they need.
Like many people in the North East I have been campaigning on this issue for years.
I am writing to you today to invite you to back my calls for in-patient child and adolescent mental health care in Aberdeen. This will expand the existing support and make life easier for families and young people in the North East.
I look forward to your response.
Scottish Liberal Democrats