In recent times, a lot consideration has been given to extra funding for the Youngster and Adolescent Psychological Well being Service, or CAMHS.

We all know that the challenges of life in 2022 have elevated nervousness amongst our youth, and elevated public consciousness of psychological well being has led to even higher demand for companies.

Nonetheless, one group of youngsters didn’t profit from the current funding in CAMHS. Specialised companies for kids with studying disabilities proceed to lag behind, regardless of the extra extreme and incurable sickness in these kids.

Youngsters with studying disabilities usually tend to develop situations akin to autism and ADHD, for which there’s a protracted ready checklist for prognosis.

The prevalence of youngsters and younger individuals with studying disabilities is 1-3%, however they’ve a disproportionate burden of psychological well being issues and make up 14% of all UK kids with a identified psychological dysfunction.

The Scottish Authorities acknowledged the absence of CAMHS for individuals with studying disabilities (LD) as early because the mid-2000s, recognizing “normal shortages and inequities in psychological well being provision”.

The Scottish Psychological Well being Technique 2017-2027 notes that the best charges of psychological sickness amongst infants, kids and younger individuals are amongst these with mental disabilities and people with autism.

The Technique acknowledges that “except enough remedies and companies can be found, well being inequalities will improve.”

The information exhibits that the hole is widening. Even if 14% of youngsters want CAMHS, the labor drive participation charge for kids and younger individuals with studying disabilities in Scotland fell from 4.7% between March and September 2017 to three.6%, in line with the newest knowledge from September 2020.

The Scottish Authorities’s personal estimate is that between 3,091 and 9,272 kids and younger individuals want LD/CAMHS companies because of a persistent psychological dysfunction.

The excellent news is that we now have made strides in understanding nervousness in kids with studying disabilities. This has led to the event of efficient behavioral methods.

There’s additionally a straightforward and cost-effective solution to develop CAMHS companies for individuals with studying disabilities: the Scottish Authorities can fund a Managed Medical Community (MCN) in order that professionals can share specialist information between well being councils in Scotland.

Nonetheless, I used to be knowledgeable final week that the MCN utility has been placed on maintain.

An try is now underway to create a broader Coverage Community overlaying psychological well being usually, which is able to then embody a component of LD CAMHS.

For these of us who’ve advocated for LD CAMHS companies, that is clearly yet one more setback.

I urge the Scottish Authorities to approve the applying for a managed scientific community for CAMHS with studying disabilities.

Let’s be happy with our companies for kids with studying disabilities and autism in Scotland and the good individuals who take care of them.

Sophie Pilgrim, director of Kindred Advocacy, Edinburgh.


The outdated Woodbank/Hamilton Home Lodge in Bullock holds many comfortable reminiscences, revived after Kevin McKenna’s evaluation of the Flamingo Land proposals for the derelict web site and surrounding space (“Why Locals Fear A gentrified Township Will Destroy Loch Lomond Without end,” September 10) .

I keep in mind modest disputes about growth between native tour operators and municipal planners, however I’ve not forgotten their normal issues concerning the doable environmental risk to the lake itself. Maybe the fitting second to settle down?

They had been conscious of the restrictions imposed by the buried pipeline of the INEOS Finnart-Grangemouth refinery in and round Lomond Shores, however had been significantly involved about its extra susceptible channel via that of the close by Leven River.

Current plans for the Drumkinnon forest had been revisited solely after issues with the pipeline had been found belatedly. On the shore, it’s hidden underground and moreover protected against interference in the midst of a noiseless hall 100 meters vast.

I hope somebody remembers the existence of an underwater web site from the Nineteen Fifties on the mouth of the lake. It seemingly obtained greater than an unintentional strike because of the deep keel when the river was low.

Pleasure boats are getting larger, dry flats are extra frequent, and the river is getting busier.

Jerry Burke, Stracher.


TIM Cox, writing from Switzerland (letters of September twelfth), means that I have no idea the date of the Union of the Crowns.

I don’t burden the readers of the Herald (Letters of 11 September) with a full account of the troubled years between 1603 and 1707, however I can guarantee Mr Cox that I’m nicely conscious that each Charles I and II, descendants of Robert II of Scotland, are nominally Kings of Scotland of that interval.

The primary Charles spent his youth in exile in Europe after which was imprisoned on the Isle of Wight earlier than being subsequently beheaded. I do not know if he ever set foot in Scotland.

His son Charles II, the “Jolly Monarch”, dominated for a short while earlier than the abolition of the monarchy and once more after the expiration of Cromwell’s republic.

He divided his consideration between the English Civil Battle, the start of his many illegitimate offspring, and commerce disputes with European neighbors.

His visits to Scotland had been extraordinarily uncommon, and Scotland, which didn’t have a political union with England, had by that point ceased to operate as an unbiased state. That’s the reason I regard each as primarily English kings, regardless of their Scottish origin, and intentionally used the phrase “initially” in my letter.

Willie McLean, Milngavie.


I discover it arduous to imagine that toddlers as younger as six could be skeptical of what academics and oldsters inform them, and even generally cynical (“Skepticism Begins at Six,” Sept. 12).

My three descendants, two of whom retired this 12 months, guarantee me they nonetheless imagine in Santa. Clearly, that is going too far with disinformation and pretend information.

R. Russell Smith, Largs.


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