CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE HEADLINES
Nearly a quarter of a million children (235189) aged 0-18 are getting specialist care from NHS mental services for depression, anxiety and eating disorders. In June this year the following numbers of children were in contact with mental health services:
- 0-5 years of age and under: 11849
- 6-10 years of age: 53659
- 11-15 years of age: just over 100000
- 16-18 years of age: 69505
Unusually more boys (130395) than girls (104522) were receiving help.
It is suggested that these figures are an underestimate of the scale of suffering involving trauma, distress and suicidal thoughts. NHS Digital which collates the figures said that only 60% of the mental health trusts provided the data.
A survey by the Royal College of Nursing for the Guardian newspaper, of specialist nurses caring for young people, found that half of nurses working with troubled young people say Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are inadequate and 20% say they are highly inadequate. Only 13% feel they are good or very good. Two in five of 631 mental health nurses working in CAMHS said services were getting worse.