Research and reports

There are more than 900,000 children and young people living in Scotland 

SAMH wants to change things for them and generations to come. Here’s why:

• Every day in Scotland, 20 young people don’t get the help they need for mental health problems. 

• Only a quarter of young people know where to go to find help for their mental health. 

• In Scotland, 1 in 6 young adults aged 18-34 has self-harmed.  Girls are three times more likely than boys to report self-harm. 

• Three in four (76%) parents said that their child’s mental health had deteriorated while waiting for specialist mental health support. 

• On average, children and young people with mental health difficulties go ten years between first becoming unwell and getting any help. 

Going to Be…well trained report

Going to Be all right? Read our report on the mental health of young people in Scotland



Scottish Government (2015) Scotland’s Population 

ISD (2020) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting times

Scottish Youth Parliament (2016) Our Generations Epidemic

O'Connor, R., Wetherall, K., Cleare,et al. (2018). Suicide attempts and non-suicidal self-harm: National prevalence study of young adults. BJPsych Open, 4(3), 142-148

O'Connor RC, Rasmussen S, Miles J and Hawton K (2009) "Self-harm in adolescents: self-report survey in schools in Scotland" British Journal of Psychiatry, 194: 68-72

YoungMinds (2018) A new era for young people’s mental health

Centre for Mental Health (2016) Missed Opportunities