Mental Health Round-up

High court judge calls lack of mental health care an ‘outrage’

High court judge, Sir James Munby, says the lack of mental health inpatient care for young people is an ‘outrage’. Sir Munby made the comments in relation to the case of a 17 year old soon to be released from youth custody who, at time of reporting, does not have access to further mental health care despite ‘determined attempts’ on her life.

This case should never have reached this crisis pitch - if the right care had been available earlier it is very likely she would not be in such crisis and danger today. It is shocking that in 2017 we cannot find the appropriate care for a young person in such desperate need, even when there is a recognised duty of care. Coming out of the Youth Justice system makes it even more complex, and they [the criminal justice system] must also accept responsibility for her care. High quality support must be available for those who need treatment in hospitals, and it is equally vital that this support continues when they leave hospital and are back in their community.
Sarah Brennan OBE - Chief Executive,YoungMinds

UPDATE 4.8.17: The NHS announce they will assess 3 hospitals to find a place for the 17 year old.

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Government announce plans to recruit 1000s more mental health staff

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced plans for NHS England to recruit over 9000 mental health workers to ‘historic imbalance’ between treatment of mental and physical health.

We welcome the government’s commitment to create 2,000 additional posts in CAMHS, as well as new jobs in crisis settings. We know that CAMHS services are often overstretched, and that many staff report being exhausted and demoralised, so it is important to recruit new staff, and to incentivise those who have left to return to the profession. However, even with the extra money that’s been promised, NHS England have said that they will only be able to reach 1 in 3 children with a diagnosable mental health condition. That’s why the government must ensure that money promised for CAMHS isn’t siphoned off to other priorities, and that, ultimately, there is sufficient funding to help all children and young people who need support.
Sarah Brennan OBE - Chief Executive, YoungMinds

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Report finds the lack of mental health support leaving children stuck in hospital

A report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) says a lack of community-based support is leaving children and young people with mental health problems stuck in hospitals.

As this report shows, far too many young people are being left in limbo in mental health hospitals, because the right support isn’t available in their community. We also know from calls to our Parents Helpline that, when young people are discharged, they can go from round-the-clock care to having no support at all. This is completely counter-productive, and can be hugely upsetting for families.
Sarah Brennan OBE - Chief Executive, YoungMinds

Youth Select Committee call on social media companies to tackle body shaming

The Youth Select Committee, which is made up of 11 young people aged between 13 and 18 years old, raised the issue of body shaming after it was voted one of the top 10 issues facing young people.

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80% of NHS bosses say they can’t provide needed mental health care

A survey by NHS Providers shows that 80% NHS Mental Health Trust bosses believe their services cannot provide timely, high quality care to those in need.

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