What can be done to tackle the youth mental health treatment gap? Too few children and young people are getting the care they need. A new commission at Birmingham university aims to address the problem

Burstow, Paul (2017) What can be done to tackle the youth mental health treatment gap? Too few children and young people are getting the care they need. A new commission at Birmingham university aims to address the problem. The Guardian . ISSN 0261-3077

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By 2020 one in three teenagers will have access to cancer treatment in England. Think about that: only one in three. There would be an outcry. It would be scandalous, horrifying, unacceptable. It is not true, however. Unless you delete the word “cancer” and insert “mental health”, and then it is. In medical terms, there is a treatment gap. The number of children and young people living with a diagnosable mental illness far exceeds the number who get any help. One in 10 children suffer a diagnosable mental illness, yet just one in four of them receive treatment. By 2020 the gap may close, a little, if plans in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View for Mental Health [pdf] are realised, but only a little. Growing crisis in children and young people's mental health demands action Read more Over half of lifelong mental illness and distress shows its first signs in adolescence. We have an opportunity to do something to change people’s lives for the better and dramatically reduce the number of adults living with entrenched mental health problems. This is a great prize.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Click on the official URL above to read this article. Published Wed 8 Feb 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thrive
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents- Psychology
Health and Medical Sciences > Patient Care
Department/People: Honorary Staff
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2018 14:46
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2018 14:46
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1768

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