Stop this crisis! Increase mental health support for children

Stop this crisis! Increase mental health support for children

Started
9 June 2022
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Started by A W

The mental health crisis within the UK is at an all time high for all, with a particular emphasis on children. Suicide is the biggest killer in the UK for the under 35s and it’s nearly impossible to get an autism assessment due to numerous rejections and unacceptably long waiting lists. 

CAMHS is overwhelmed and not fit for purpose due to under funding and lack of staff. A review of our local CAMHS has a review of 1 star with streams of parents begging for help and not able to get it. Many of these have children who are suicidal or self harming. 

Private psychologists are not an option for all…., often costing £100 a session or £3k for an ASD assessment…… not covered by private insurance for those lucky enough to have private insurance. Everyone should be able to easily access support for their child.  

The rise in OCD has dramatically increased during the pandemic and is now considered in the top 10 most debilitating mental health issues in the world. For anyone that has not experienced OCD it is not just a case of being super tidy. It is insidious with compulsions and anxieties that overtake the person’s ability to function, often resulting in even more severe mental health issues. People with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide than someone without. Families currently struggle to get support for their child or the family themselves. 

Interventions in schools is not enough!! We ask for increased funding into children’s mental health services, increased qualified therapists and psychologists and drastically reduced waiting lists. 

These children are our future and without the right support things will only get worse into their future. 

We ask the government realise the seriousness of the children’s mental health crisis, considers the seriousness of the impact in the future, if the lack of support continues.

Please look to drastically increase funding for the children’s mental health services, increase recruitment campaigns for therapists (fund the specialist qualifications that go with these roles), increase support for children and their families with an ‘access for all’ policy (no more rejections for ASD referrals for example based on school referrals where children often ‘mask’ their traits) and drastically ensure waiting lists are reduced to no more than 6 months. Funding for research into ASD/OCD and other neuro-diverse traits are also vital.

To the government…. Our children are suffering, the current support is not accessible or acceptable…..this is their future. Please consider this request for change! 

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