Inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland


About the Inquiry


Following consideration of public petition PE1627 by Annette McKenzie on consent for mental health treatment for people under 18 years of age, the Committee agreed to hold an inquiry into how young people access mental health services and treatments in Scotland.

The inquiry aims to understand and suggest improvements on how young people feeling low and/or anxious can get the advice and support they need, particularly for the first time.

The Committee developed a diagram which maps the different ways a young person might access the support they need. Thinking about this diagram, the Committee wanted to hear views on:

  • What support would you be most likely to use first?
  • What needs to change or improve?
  • Is there anything that has been missed?


The Committee issued a call for evidence on 7 November 2018. The closing date for submissions was Friday, 14 December 2018.

The Committee also gathered views using the digital consultation tool, Dialogue. Find out more here:

Read the evidence received   



The Committee agreed a report at its meeting on 25 June 2020. Minutes of Meeting 25 June 2020. The report was published on 24 July 2020.

The Committee received the Scottish Government's response on 19 August 2020: Response from Claire Haughey, Minister for Mental Health (291KB pdf)




On 1 December 2020 the Parliament debated the Committee Mental health support for children and young people report. The Convener of the Committee moved that the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Public Petitions Committee’s 3rd Report 2020 (Session 5), Inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland (SP Paper 776). 

Read the Official Report from 1 December 2020

The video of the debate can be viewed here

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