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Dear YSIM Member

As many of you will know The Scottish Government ceased funding the forum last April. We have been keen to sustain the forum and give members the opportunity to see how best we can take it forward in the absence of any funding.

We feel that there is a need to sustain the network: we have over 200 members and 245 followers on twitter and we are still passing on and sharing a lot of information. 

What we have agreed is that Barnardo’s Scotland and SAMH will take YSIM forward as a partnership. This partnership will host the forum, manage the website and social media and also provide strategic management and coordinate relevant policy consultations from the membership.

We have planned an event for Friday 19 June 2015 at the Thistle King James hotel in Edinburgh and so we are asking for you to join us!

The aim of this event is to reflect on where the forum is and why Barnardo’s Scotland and SAMH are taking things forward for now. We will then break into group discussions on how best to take the forum forward, what can it do for you and what can members do too also.

Please fill out a booking form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As a Coalition whose members deliver specialist care and education services for children and young people with complex needs, we have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison MSP, urging that she use the opportunity of increased spending by the UK Government on health to address the current crisis in mental health services for children and young people in Scotland.

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A child could be referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for a range of reasons.

These can include serious mental health problems, self-harming or eating disorders, or other common mental health issues such as ADHD, anxiety or depression.


New figures show that about 3,400 children started treatment at CAMHS services in Scotland in the quarter ending June 2014, though these official figures exclude NHS Lothian and NHS Highland, so the true figure will presumably be higher.




Mental health professionals are calling for an up-to-date survey to discover the number of teenagers who are self-harming in Scotland, with strong anecdotal evidence suggesting there has been a rise since the last comprehensive study of Scottish adolescents in 2009.

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There has been a warning that the number of educational psychologists in Scotland in dangerously low.

A report from the Scottish National Steering Group of Educational Psychologists said nearly a quarter might retire in the next four years.

It also said too few new trainees are being recruited.

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