MSP pays tribute to Kids for CAMHS



27 November 2019

Lewis Macdonald MSP today praised the efforts of North East fundraisers #kidsforcamhs in a parliamentary debate on mental health.

The group of young people, aged between 9 and 12, have so far raised £14,000 and worked closely with NHS Grampian to help kit out the new Links Unit, a specially designed centre for children’s and adolescents’ mental health care (CAMHS) which was opened in Aberdeen last month. #kidsforcamhs were also recognised by the Scottish Health Awards, as one of the finalists in the Volunteers Award category.

Lewis said :

“It is inspiring to see the dedication of #kidsforcamhs towards improving the way mental health services are provided to children and young people in and around Aberdeen.

“Their example shows just how important mental health care is to young people; something which also emerged when the Health and Sport Committee held engagement events with young people all over Scotland.

“Mental health care provision is facing a crisis, and even though NHS Grampian’s waiting times for young people’s mental health care have improved in the last 18 months, there is still a long way to go before every child who needs help is seen within the 18-week limit.

“The Scottish Government needs to step up and do more to support mental health services across the country, providing support and leadership at national level to boards trying to tackle the mental health crisis at local level.

“The success of #kidsforcamhs shows what can be achieved by dedicated volunteers, but they need to be backed up by changes in the way mental health services are organised and delivered if we are to see real change.”