Significantly more investment is needed in preventative measures to help improve young people’s mental health to avoid it becoming a potential life and death issue.
The plea was made by our Chief Executive Martin Dorchester, who was speaking at a conference exploring the results of the Scottish Government’s Taskforce on Children and Young People's Mental Health.
He spoke about the extent of mental health problems within the group of 300 plus young people Includem works with every day.
Our chief executive, Martin Dorchester has been appointed to the Children’s Sector Strategic and Policy Forum, led by Children in Scotland.
This is a national group which identifies children's sector-wide solutions.
Speaking about Includem’s membership of the group, Martin said: “Everything we do at Includem is about making sure we do what’s right for the children, young people and families we work with.
We’re thrilled to have been awarded the Care Inspectorate’s top rating for our work in helping to improve young people’s lives, graded ‘excellent’ for the third year running.
The Inspectorate was particularly impressed by the impact of our work with young people on the fringes of criminality.
“We heard about the huge impact their joint work with Police Scotland had, when the police identified and referred young people to Includem within Glasgow offending rate reduced by half,” they said in their report.
“We consistently heard from young people and their families that Includem had made a significant difference in their lives.”