Hume comments on self-harm figures

A local politician has raised concerns about the incease in self-harm statistics among teenagers in Dumfries and Galloway.

According to the Scottish Health Board, there were 35 self-harm admissions in 2014 and the numbers have doubled between 2009 and 2013.

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and MSP for South Scotland Jim Hume said: “These figures are hugely concerning. It is vital that vulnerable young people struggling with self-harm or mental ill health receive the help they need at the time they need it most.

“We know that treatment targets for children and adolescent mental health services have been missed and missed again in many parts of Scotland. The fact that the number of children admitted to hospital as a result of self-harm has doubled in some regions shows clearly that the failure of the Scottish Government to take mental health seriously has let young people down.

“Mental health has been the Cinderella service of our NHS for too long. We need to see a new approach to treating mental ill health. That starts with treating mental and physical services equally in law to ensure that mental health cannot be overlooked again.”