178 young people waiting over a year for CAMHS in the last 12 months

The total number of children and young people who have had to wait over a year for mental health services in Lothian was 178 in the last 12 months.


Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services in Lothian are the longest in Scotland.


In September 2018, the latest month that data has been provided, 26 young people in Lothian were waiting over a year to be seen by a mental health professional. This makes up over 80% (81.25%) of all young people waiting over a year for mental health services in Scotland, 32.


Lothian MSP Miles Briggs has called for the CAMHS waiting times crisis to be resolved by next year.


Yesterday in parliament there was a statement on mental health services with cross party agreement that mental health services needed to improve (link).


The Scottish Government yesterday announced £4 million for improving CAMHS (link).


Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP, said:


“One of the hardest aspects of being an MSP is people coming to my advice surgeries desperate to get mental health support for their children.


“I have parents in Lothian who have been told by GPs to go private to access support for their children as the NHS won’t see them. Children who are self-harming and having suicidal thoughts being told to wait over a year.    


“Parents and families I represent are beyond wanting an apology from SNP Minsters. After 11 years in office they feel totally abandoned by this SNP Government with the situation in NHS Lothian getting worst.


“This is Scotland’s young people, Scotland’s future.  


“The CAMHS waiting times crisis in NHS Lothian must be resolved in 2019.”



Miles Briggs