Young people detained for mental health treatment – self harm is a key characteristic
The Mental Welfare Commission has published a new report analysing the detentions of young people aged 16 and 17 for mental health care and treatment in Scotland, and found self harm to be a key characteristic, particularly with young women.
There has been a rising number of detentions in this age group, and the Commission sought to understand better the characteristics and presentations of those young people detained for their care.
The new report analysed all detention forms for 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland over a five year period from 2014-15 to 2018-19. This amounted to 608 detentions under the Mental Health Act over the five years, relating to 402 young people.