Earlier this month, CommonSpace reported a substantial increase in children seeking help for “excessive stress” during exam season. In the last year, calls to the NSPCC from girls more than doubled, while calls from boys were up four-fold.
Seeing this as a failure of Scotland’s mental health provisions for students, Monica Lennon MSP from Scottish Labour said the SNP have “failed to properly support child mental health.” She goes on, noting lengthy waiting times for mental health treatment when students decide to seek it.
She’s not wrong. The SNP had a maximum waiting time target of 18 weeks, but the number of those who ended up waiting a year tripled from 2015 to 2016.