‘Kids In Crisis’ Documentary on CAMHS
The recently aired documentary on BBC Panorama highlights how overstretched Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are.
In a BBC Panorama documentary, Kids in Crisis, our ambassador Sean Fletcher investigates the state of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
The documentary sheds light on how overstretched the system is, showing families waiting far too long for the help they needed, and young people falling into crisis and becoming suicidal before they were able to get support.
In Kids in Crisis, Sean and his son Reuben speak bravely about their own experience of navigating the mental health system to get treatment for Reuben’s OCD, and how it impacted the family. The documentary also shows Sean speaking to other families about what they went through before getting help.
Hundreds of people have been sharing their opinions on Twitter using the hashtag #KidsInCrisis, with many arguing that more needs to be done to help children with mental health problems.
Our Chief Executive, Emma Thomas, said:
“BBC Panorama's harrowing documentary, Kids in Crisis, truly shows the despair which many families face as they try to navigate the children's mental health system. From our helpline and the young people we work with, we know the harm done by long waits for treatment and being turned away because you ‘aren’t ill enough’. Often the care that CAMHS gives can be excellent, but the reality is that too many young people struggle to access support before they are in crisis and their problems have become far more complex.
At the moment we are seeing mounting evidence every week of the young people's mental health crisis. This has to be our wake up call. The forthcoming NHS Long Term Plan provides a critical opportunity to increase funding to meet growing and desperate need, as well as to address the gap for those who don’t meet the threshold, who just need a safe space to go, and someone to help them work through emerging problems. We must see a new era for young people's mental health. Families cannot continue like this."
We’ve launched a petition to encourage the government to take urgent action on children and young people’s mental health services, by increasing the funding given to CAMHS and ensuring there is a greater focus on early support. Sign the petition now to shape the future of CAMHS.