November Mental Health News Round Up
Our round up of November's key mental health news stories, affecting children and young people.
New Cap On Waiting Times For Mental Health Treatment
The Government have announced plans for a cap on waiting times, to guarantee that children will receive treatment for mental illnesses within four weeks. However, this plan is set to be delayed until 2021 due to staff and funding shortages.
Sarah Brennan, our Chief Executive says:
“The green paper is a huge opportunity to tackle the mental health crisis we are seeing among children and young people in England."
To find out more about the Green Paper and what it must include, read our Ten Priorities for Government.
60% Of Young People Referred For Mental Healthcare Not Treated
Data from 32 NHS Trusts in England has shown that around 2/3 of under-18s who are referred to CAMHS are not receiving treatment. The data, released from Spurgeons children charity, also shows that 40% of patients referred to CAMHS in 2016/17 were never assessed.
Tom Madders, our Director of Communications & Campaigns, says:
“These figures are alarming. We know from calls to our parents’ helpline that far too many young people with mental health problems do not get the help they need, and that too often the right support is not available until they reach crisis point."
Leading Charities Urge Government To Address Mental Health Crisis
Along with 11 other mental health charities, we have penned an open letter to the Government, urging them to address the crisis facing mental health services in the upcoming Autumn Budget. The letter expressed concern that many people would be “locked out” of mental health services if funding wasn’t protected or increased.
The letter also stated that:
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YoungMinds Encourages Parents To Take 20 Minutes To Talk To Their Child
Talking to your child about how they’re feeling can be hard. We’ve launched a new campaign, #Take20, to encourage parents to take 20 minutes to do an activity with their child that creates a relaxed space for starting a conversation.
Our new #Take20 Parents’ Hub is full of tips, advice, activities and conversation starts to make talking easier.
Jo Hardy, our Head of Parent Services, says:
“Parents often talk to children of all ages about physical health and what the body needs to function well, including enough sleep, good nutrition and regular exercise. Having these conversations about mental health should be no different – talking about feelings and emotions enables children to understand how they are feeling and how they’re behaving to express those feelings.”