North East Campaigner John Waddell is calling for the Scottish Government to open in-patient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Aberdeen.
There are currently no in-patient CAMHS centres north of Dundee.
Suicide Rates are up by 15% overall age groups but by far the most concerning figure is that the suicide rate in Scotland for 15-24-year-olds is up 50% in a single year.
The mental health crisis is spinning increasingly out of control while the Scottish Government simply spins the figures by trying to claim that the previous decade's numbers are ‘unusually’ low.
Every single death to suicide is preventable if only the government chose to fund mental health services properly.
There is no point dismantling the stigma that surrounds ill mental health if there are no services for those who open up about their mental health to turn to.
Every life lost to suicide is a societal failure but the increase in suicide rates shows a lack of will from the Scottish Government to deal with this crisis. We need action, not spin and lip service.
NHS Grampian has the worst record in Scotland for providing mental health treatment for children within the 18 week deadline. Only 41.1% of children referred to NHS Grampian for mental health issues received treatment within 18 weeks during Q4 of 2018, with some patients waiting longer than ten months to be seen.
Sign John's MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS PETITION and tell the Scottish Government that you want in-patient care for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Aberdeen.