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(UK) Northamptonshire children on waiting lists for mental health services

Nov 29, 2018, Northampton Chronicle and Echo: Significantly more girls access mental health services in Northamptonshire, new report reveals https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/significantly-more-girls-access-mental-health-services-in-northamptonshire-new-report-reveals-1-8723278 Youngsters battling mental health issues in Northamptonshire say long waiting times are the most common challenge they face when trying to access help. More than 700 responses from young people between the ages of 11-19 years old in this county have been collated by Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire in their new emotional wellbeing report, published yesterday (November 29). The report pinpoints over 60 per cent of young people wished to receive support at school and significantly more girls (43 per cent) said they had needed to access support for their emotional well being, compared to a smaller percentage of their male counterparts (26 per cent). … “…The generation of children growing up today may be the first where lifestyle will be poorer than that of their parents. This generation of children may not recollect their childhood as a happy, carefree time but rather a time of coping with multiple stress coming from all directions. “Education has become more demanding and there are larger numbers of children going to university along with increased challenges, demands and financial implications. “Children and young people today face increased pressures from a digital era, together with the sense that the world is not a safe place. All of this has the potential to impact on children’s emotional well-being and mental health.” … Other findings showed how long waiting times were the most common challenge faced when trying to access support services. …