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feb 22 newsletter - congress
New strategy on self-harm backed by the Liaison Faculty in Scotland

A new strategy which focuses on supporting people who self-harm has been backed by the Liaison Faculty in Scotland.

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29nov by RCPsych in Scotland
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College comments on alcohol campaigners call for bespoke service for repeat admissions

Alcohol campaigners have called for a dedicated service to aid the recovery of people frequently admitted to hospital due to addiction.

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27jul by RCPsych in Scotland
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College responds to latest A&E drugs statistics

The number of people attending Scotland’s emergency departments because of drugs over a three-month period increased by 13% compared to the same time last year, new figures have shown.

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26jul by RCPsych in Scotland
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    Hundreds fewer children in Scotland began mental health care in first quarter of 2024

    Almost 500 fewer children started mental health treatment in Scotland in the first three months of 2024, figures show.

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    05jun by RCPsych in Scotland
  • Scotland's top psychiatrists "wish list" for NHS reform
    Scotland's top psychiatrists "wish list" for NHS reform

    Scotland’s top psychiatrists have put forward a “wish list” for mental health services reform.

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    04jun by RCPsych in Scotland
  • We must change direction on mental health. You can help
    We must change direction on mental health. You can help

    As part of Mental Health Awareness Week our policy lead in Scotland, Dr Jim Crabb writes for The Herald on why we need the public to help in our calls to stop funding cuts and get a better deal for mental health services.

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    15may by RCPsych in Scotland
  • Suspected drugs deaths up in Scotland as hospital admissions fall
    Suspected drugs deaths up in Scotland as hospital admissions fall

    Suspected deaths in Scotland have increased by 11% in the latest quarterly data.

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    30apr by RCPsych in Scotland
  • Woman holding glass of wine
    Government urged to tackle Scotland’s ‘alcohol emergency’ as deaths rise

    Campaigners have demanded action to tackle Scotland’s continuing “alcohol emergency” as new figures showed the rate of drink-related deaths is still the highest in the UK.

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    23apr by RCPsych in Scotland
  • Scottish psychiatrists respond to locum workforce story
    Scottish psychiatrists respond to locum workforce story

    A report in one of Scotland’s tabloid newspapers has revealed the NHS in Scotland spent nearly £30 million on locum psychiatrists in a year.

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    15apr by RCPsych in Scotland
  • Monique Schelhase, SAS doctor
    High demand and financial pressures putting strain on mental health workforce in Scotland

    The annual workforce census produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists shows vacant psychiatry posts continue to rise year-on-year.

    More information Press release, Scotland news
    19mar by RCPsych in Scotland
  • Suspected drug deaths in Scotland increase by 10%, figures show
    Suspected drug deaths in Scotland increase by 10%, figures show

    In 2023, 1,197 people died as a result of suspected drug use – up by 105 from 2022. The figure had been on the decline in recent years.

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    13mar by RCPsych in Scotland
  • Scottish CAMHS waiting times improve while remaining way below target
    Scottish CAMHS waiting times improve while remaining way below target

    Waiting time performance for children’s mental health services in Scotland has seen a further improvement, while remaining below the target levels.

    More information Scotland news, Press release
    06mar by RCPsych in Scotland
  • Dr Jane Morris
    NHS crisis Scotland: mental health service waits costing lives

    Mental health waits are costing lives in Scotland - was the main message behind a special Channel Four News piece, broadcast this week.

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    06mar by RCPsych in Scotland