Mental health services for the young is NHS’s ‘silent catastrophe’

Full story in The Guardian, 25 June 2018

Failings in treatment of children and young people with mental health problems is a “silent catastrophe” within the NHS and is due to chronic underfunding and serious structural issues, a report by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) claims.

The report, which exposes a “serious and worsening crisis” for the health service through a survey of those working in child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs), says trusts are being hollowed out and specialist services are disappearing owing to underfunding and the transformation and redesign of services in recent years.

The results are rising levels of suicide, self-referral to A&E departments and pressure on in-patient units, it says.