Help shape young people’s mental health services

8th December 2017

There are more young people than ever before seeking help for their mental health.  This means greater demands on services and increasing waiting times.

At SAMH we have been concerned about the increase in the number of ‘rejected referrals’ to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).  In the last year 7,255 young people who were referred to CAMHS did not receive support from that service.  At a national level we want to learn more about this situation. 

SAMH is working with the Scottish Government to gather evidence from children, young people and their families across the country to inform the approach to mental health services.

This work is being done as part of the Government’s Mental Health Strategy. The research will help to make recommendations for the future. 

Are you a young person whose referral to CAMHS was rejected in the last two years? Or a parent, carer or family member of someone who has?

If so, we want to include you in the research: please fill out this short survey so we can get in touch with you:

For those of you who are a teacher or GP who has made a referral on behalf of a young person which was rejected, please fill in the survey

This piece of work will help to find solutions to improve young people’s experiences, and we hope as many of you as possible can get involved.

This survey will help us identify people who would like to take part in this research.  We will then contact you to arrange the best way for you to participate.