Mental Health Waiting Lists (Young People)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 9th September 2021.

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Photo of Jamie Greene Jamie Greene Conservative

From April 2019 to July 2021, more than 7,000 girls between the ages of 10 and 16 were reported missing. I am sure that we all agree that that statistic is horrific for all concerned. We know that poor mental health is often the root cause of such incidents, and that the proportion of young people who are waiting more than a year for specialist help has trebled in the past 12 months. What action will the First Minister take now, to address the shame that is mental health waiting times for young people in this country?