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US NewsMore than 100,000 children in England unable to access mental health treatment

05:41  17 june  2019
05:41  17 june  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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More than 100,000 children in England are missing out on mental health treatment every year because their problems aren’t deemed “serious” enough, according to new figures released by The Children’s Society.

The report, which was based on Freedom of Information responses from 26 mental health trusts across England, estimates that up to 110,000 10-17 year olds seeking help for mental health issues are being turned away as they are not considered unwell enough to get treatment.

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Another finding was that of an estimated 185,000 young people aged between 10-17 who were referred to specialist mental health units in 2017, only 79,000 received treatment that year. This means around 60 per cent of those referred did not receiving the care they needed.

Children with the most series needs are waiting on average 12 weeks - the equivalent of a school term - before receiving treatment, while children experiencing issues such as anxiety, depression and self-harm are having to wait much longer - 364 days from referral to first treatment.

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Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research at The Children’s Society, said: “It’s a scandal that so many children and young people are suffering with their mental health are not getting the support they need, either by being deemed too well for treatment, having to wait many months, or having no early intervention alternatives available, meaning they are likely to become more unwell and hit crisis point.”

More than 100,000 children in England unable to access mental health treatment © 2019 Getty Images LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 3: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex observes children taking part in ballet class for 4 to 6 year olds, during a visit to YMCA South Ealing, to learn more about their work on mental health and see how they are providing support to young people in the area, on April 3, 2019 in London, England. YMCA South Ealing is part of YMCA St Paul's Group, which provides services across South West, South and East London, and is one of the largest YMCAs in Europe. The South Ealing association primarily provides supported housing, providing somewhere to live for 150 young people who are having to deal with issues such as homelessness, mental illness, are recovering from substance misuse, or are fleeing domestic violence. (Photo by Adrian Dennis-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

No support

The report also found that a third of parents of children between the ages of 4 and 17 said their children had been affected by a mental health issue in the last year. Two in five of those parents sought help but did not receive any support.

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Just under a third of parents were unaware if counselling was available in their child’s school.

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““The NHS estimates that one in eight children are experiencing mental ill health, but we see that as many as one in three parents have been worried about their child’s mental health over the last year,” said Mr Royston.

“Families are reliant on their GP and schools for help but a third of parents don’t even know if their school can offer any mental health support so are often going to the wrong places, getting rejected because they aren’t meeting treatment thresholds and are receiving no further advice or guidance.”

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