Published 27 November 2020

West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (WDHSCP) is investing more than £120,000 to help young people access mental health and wellbeing services.

The partnership received £62,000, a share of £2million investment by the  Scottish Government,  and will receive a further £58,250 by March 2021. 

A multi-agency taskforce  group, including representatives  from  WDHSCP; Education; Working4U; youth charity Y-Sort-it and representatives from the Champions Board, has been set up to  review  children & young people’s mental health.

The group will look at how to improve the way children’s mental health services are organised, commissioned and provided and how to make it easier for young people to access help and support, including in schools, through voluntary organisations and online.

The group will also ask young people and their families for their views on current and future community mental health and wellbeing services to improve the delivery of service which will help form a report on the review of services.

Allan Macleod, Chair of WDHSCP Board, said: “This review of mental health and wellbeing will ensure that any young person requiring treatment will be offered the most appropriate care, at a time and location suitable to the needs of the individual. Securing the views of the people who regularly use the services and their families will ensure the changes we make will benefit service users now and in the future.” 

Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Chair of WDHSCP Board, said: "We are fully committed to the health and wellbeing of our young people and we know the profound effects this pandemic has had on their mental health. This investment will  help us review our services to ensure we have the right resources to provide help to all those who need it and in addition identify what advice, support and help parents would find most useful in supporting their children."