An inquiry into how young people access mental health support in Scotland has been launched by the Public Petitions Committee.
The inquiry was launched after the Scottish Parliament Committee received a range of evidence in relation to a petition by Annette McKenzie, whose 16 year old daughter, Britney Mazzoncini, died after being prescribed medication from her GP, having sought help for anxiety.
The focus of the Committee’s inquiry will be to improve the ways young people can seek help and support, particularly for the first time, if they are feeling low or anxious.
The Committee is interested in exploring the following areas:
- If young people are feeling low and/or anxious, who would they ask for help and why?
- Do young people know the different ways they can get help for their low mood and/or anxiety?
- If a young person has been referred to CAMHS, but rejected from accessing these services, were they directed to other kinds of support?
- In Scotland, anyone over the age of 16 can consent to medical treatment or intervention without needing their parent or guardian’s consent. Should this age be increased to 18 years old?
- If a young person has experience of moving from receiving children’s mental health services to adult mental health services, what was that like?
The committee is looking to hear the views of people under the age of 18, as well as parents and carers of young people, non-specialist mental health workers who provide services to young people, such as GPs, teachers and social workers, counsellors and relevant professional organisations.
The deadline for submitting your views is Friday 14 December at 5pm.