Young people receiving mental health treatment in adult wards
It has been revealed that 99% of young people have been treated on adult mental health wards in the first four months of this year alone.
ITV News have contacted 53 mental health trusts and received data from 38 to discover that young people are being treated on adult mental health wards; despite the NHS saying that adult mental health wards are not appropriate for young people.
Mental health charities have said that the increasing number of young people receiving inadequate care is inevitable due to the shortage of early intervention units.
Lucie Russell, Director of Campaigns at Young Minds said: “Services are being cut so there is now less counselling and less support in schools. It means children’s problems are having to get worse before they get treatment to get better and so more of them are ending up in inpatient units”.
Dr Martin McShane, from NHS England’s taskforce on young people’s mental health and wellbeing admits the service has got problems. He said: “We’re determined to try and change it. That’s why already in the last year we have invested in an extra 56 beds and have set up a system to scrutinise what’s happening on a weekly basis with information from across the country.”
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