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Help for young mental health patients branded ‘woeful’ – Nursing Times

March 4, 2014

Nursing Times has an article quoting a report by charity YoungMinds which raises serious concerns about the level of availability of services to child and adolescent sufferers of mental health issues:

Young people with acute mental health problems are suffering from a woeful lack of appropriate provision, a charity has warned.

The comments by YoungMinds follow a recent report that said police have been detaining people in custody because there is nowhere else readily available for them to go.

The study by the Care Quality Commission, published in January, found that in one area 41 young people were detained in police cells over the previous year, with the youngest being 11, which was unacceptable.

Lucie Russell, director of campaigns for YoungMinds, which seeks to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, said: “There have been a number of shocking stories recently about young people and their families having to travel hundreds of miles to get an inpatient bed and of young people in adult wards and also being held in police cells.


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