Mental health staff boost

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Scotland will recruit an additional 80 mental health professionals to work with children and young people, following a £4 million investment.

The additional staff, made up of psychologists, nurses, allied health professionals and administration workers, will support improvements to mental health care and help reduce pressure on Children’s and Young People Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The funding comes as a taskforce, appointed by the Scottish Government and COSLA to review CAMHS, publishes its plan for improving services.

The taskforce’s recommendations include: Cutting the target waiting time for specialist CAMHS treatment by a third, to 12 weeks; preventing young people being referred to specialist care by default, and treating more in primary and community-based care and providing young people and families with more information on mental health services and how the system works.