In the year since a Sunday Post investigation into the national emergency prompted ministerial pledges of urgent action, the number of people referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has increased 150%, according to official figures.
The number of open CAMHS cases across Scotland at the end of June, the most recent figures available, stood at 28,988, approximately one-in-40 of all under-18s in Scotland. The number of young people waiting more than a year for treatment trebled in the 12 months to March.
Last year, the mothers of children, who took their own lives after failing to get treatment quickly enough, spoke to us in a bid to highlight the failures of the services and trigger action.
Today, they reveal their dismay that, despite ministers’ promises, the situation is even worse with even more young people enduring long waits for crucial treatment.