Jenny Marra  : Mental Health Services for Deaf Children and Young People - Motion in the Scottish Parliament

22 January 2013

Jenny Marra has tabled the following motion in the Scottish Parliament :

Mental Health Services for Deaf Children and Young People

That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Helping Hand campaign by National Deaf Children’s Society, the Scottish Council on Deafness and its Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services group, which highlights increasing concern around the mental health of Scotland’s deaf children and young people; notes the concern that 40% of Scotland’s reported 3,500 deaf children experience mental health problems compared to 25% of other children; understands that, although deaf children are in need of specialist mental health provision, Scotland currently has none; further understands that other parts of the UK have well developed provision of specialist child and adolescent mental health services for deaf children; calls on the Scottish Government to build on the model that it has already developed for the provision of a specialist Scotland-wide mental health service for deaf adults based at St John’s hospital in Livingston and set up a specialist child and adolescent mental health service for deaf children and young people; understands that the campaign will be exhibited in the Parliament from 5 to 7 February 2013, and encourages all members to visit the exhibition stand and pledge their support.

 

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