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(UK) "Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder'

Feb 5, 2018, (UK) HuffPost: Children's Mental Health Week: What's Needed To Improve CAMHS In The UK, According To Parents http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/improve-child-mental-health-services-uk_uk_5a69d325e4b0e56300769f7b Child and adolescent mental healthservices (CAMHS) in the UK are “complex” and “fragmented”, leaving many kids with a poor experience of care. These were the findings from a Care Quality Commission report in October 2017, which also stated that people who work with children and young people do not always have the skills or capacity to identify mental health problems. Annie, a volunteer on YoungMinds’ parents’ helpline, who didn’t want to share her surname, hears from parents who are desperate to get their children help, every week. “The biggest issue they face is the difficulty obtaining a CAMHS assessment for their child,” she said. “The majority of parents know when a child is in need of professional help, but accessing that help is increasingly difficult.” Roughly three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder and almost one in four children and young people show some evidence of mental ill health. … According to YoungMinds, the average waiting time for a first appointment with CAMHS is six months, with a 10-month wait until the start of treatment. … “The shortage of qualified child and adolescent metal health professionals is becoming acute. Whilst there is more talk about the importance of good mental health, the government needs to show parents that there is a plan to train more of the professionals needed and to create a joined-up service that is easier to access.” … “There is a real child mental health crisis at the moment, for a number of reasons, and the government has to put far more money behind child mental health provision.”