For the quarter ending December 2020, nearly three quarters (73.1%) of children and young people were seen within 18 weeks, compared to 60.6% for the previous quarter and 66.4% for the quarter ending December 2019.
Much to be done but an improving picture suggesting that Anas Sarwar’s unconvincingly passionate outburst on Question Time, two days ago, was ill-informed. Others, more-informed than me, have responded to his familiar use of faux empathy with the the unwell or their grieving parents, and his claims to have attacked medical practice in the past, to score political points.
I came across this posted on:
To go over his dangerous bullshit:
How many times during this pandemic has someone picked up the phone to call the Crisis Mental Health Service, and the call’s gone unanswered?
There is no such thing as the “Crisis Mental Health Service.” There are numerous phonelines you can call if you are having a mental health crisis; namely NHS 24 – simply dial 111 – they will answer and offer help if you phone them when you are having a mental health crisis.
There are also numerous charity services, such as the Samaritans – on 116 123 – who you can call if you are having a tough time.
Do not listen to Sarwar’s dangerous lies. People are here for you, ready to help.
“How many children are waiting over a year for their mental health support?”
If you need urgent mental health support, for instance if you are feeling suicidal, phone 999. No matter what age you are. The nurses and doctors will do their best to care for you. You will almost always see a psychiatrist (if you want) within 24 hours, but most likely within half that time.
It does take longer if you want to set up regular appointments with a therapist, and it is too long, but don’t let that put you off seeking urgent mental health care if you need it. Those services are here for you.
So please don’t listen to Sarwar’s quick googling of figures, the actual reality is that people are here to help you.
Readers may remember just how inappropriate Sarwar’s political tactics can be:
and, of course, his contradictory values:
Fortunately, he seems to be making little headway for his party: