The devastating shortfall in care for young people with mental health problems is revealed today in a leaked government document showing that thousands of families are being left without the support they need.
A letter sent from the Department of Health to senior NHS officials shows that the government will fail to meet its three key targets for children and young people’s access to psychiatric care by its deadline of December.
The biggest setback is that for one-quarter of the country there is no emergency help for teenagers suffering a ‘psychotic crisis’ or severe depression. This ’24/7 cover’ was seen as essential for vulnerable children and teenagers, who can otherwise become far more seriously ill and sometimes suicidal.
NHS failing children on mental health