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Mental health of young people a 'key priority' for SNP

The SNP has today highlighted new figures, compiled by the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe), which show that the number of NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services staff (CAMHS) in Scotland has increased by almost half since the SNP came to office.

The number of CAMHS staff in Scotland has increased from 653.7 WTE to 979.5 WTE between 2006 and June 2015 – an increase of 49.8 per cent. Over the same period the number of CAMHS nursing staff has increased by 46.3 per cent – from 279.9 WTE in 2006 to 409.5 WTE in June 2015.

Commenting, SNP MSP Bob Doris said: “These figures show a substantial and welcome increase in the number of mental health specialists working with children and young people in Scotland. This increase has been driven by a £19.8 million SNP government investment in this area since 2009-10.

“The Scottish Government has made mental health – and the mental health of young people in particular – a key priority. The First Minister has appointed Scotland’s first Mental Health Minister – Jamie Hepburn – and over the next five years an additional £100 million will be invested in improving mental health services

“These figures are a sign of welcome progress but we know there is more to do – that’s why the SNP remains committed to improving the mental health of young people across Scotland and narrowing the health inequality gap between those from the least and most deprived communities.

Notes:

Information supplied by SPICe:

The following table shows you staff numbers for the 2006 census compared with the most recent census in June 2015:
 

  2006 June 2015
  Headcount WTE Headcount WTE
Nursing 303 279.9 447 409.5
Psychology 167 149.5 292 243.9
Medical 99 79.1 108 85.4
Occupational Therapy 37 32.1 58 45.1
Social Work 22 18.2 35 29.6
Family Therapy 18 16.0 16 13.6
Psychotherapy 8 6.5 12 9.6
Counselling 3 2.6 9 7.7
Speech & Language Therapy 11 7.4 12 8.1
Teaching 9 7.0 10 4.4
Art Therapy 4 3.8 11 8.3
Dietetics 4 2.3 9 8.1
Physiotherapy 0 0 1 0.4
Music Therapy 1 0.6 1 0.6
Educational Psychology 1 0.2 1 0.5
Other Therapy 7 6.1 13 10.3
Other 47 42.4 101 94.5
Total 741 653.7 1134 979.5