(UK) Mental illness growing among youth in England; services being denied

Nov 27, 2017, (UK) Newsline: 60% of kids referred for mental healthcare in England sent home without treatment A new report has revealed that the majority of children who are referred for specialist mental healthcare in England are being denied the treatment they need. Data from nearly half of the organizations within England’s National Health Service (NHS) has shown that around 60 percent of under-18s who are referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) by their doctor are not receiving any treatment. Meanwhile, the number of young people admitted to Accident and Emergency departments for self-harm increased for the seventh year running. The vast majority of self-harm admissions were girls, accounting for 77 percent of cases over the period from 2010 to 2016. However, there has also been an increase among boys. … “The facts are harrowing. At least four young people in every secondary school class are now self-harming,” said Spurgeons’ Assistant Psychologist Jag Basra. “Within the last decade we’ve seen a considerable rise in the range of mental health issues impacting young people, in part due to social media pressures and the ongoing stigma towards speaking about our mental health.