Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

My little boy tried to cut his wrists but the GP just told him to buck his ideas up

Shocking reading that this is happening… To quote from the Daily Mail, “It’s estimated 290,000 children aged five to 16 suffers from a diagnosable mental health disorder”. This is an invisible disease which can prohibit any child/adult from enjoying life in the way they once knew. We need our health professionals to be trained into spotting the first signs of this silent epidemic. Joanna

“Putting the kitchen knives away and out of reach of our 11-year-old son for fear he would deliberately hurt himself has been, without doubt, our lowest point as parents. But we had no choice. Two months after starting ‘big school’ last year our lovely boy, Jack, our previously care-free fourth child, had made an attempt to cut his arm with a large chopping knife. Jack had skipped off to secondary school full of excitement. But within weeks he had descended into a mental health freefall — consumed with worry about being late to school and struggling with his homework, he became severely withdrawn and paranoid.  He wasn’t sleeping, and his anxiety was making him physically unwell. My husband and I were not remotely prepared for it. Three months after he tried to cut himself — and by now nearly halfway through his school year — Jack was diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), which means you feel anxious about almost everything”

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Youth mental health care ‘in dark ages’, says minister

Mental health services for young people in England are “stuck in the dark ages” and “not fit for purpose”, according to a government minister.
Norman Lamb told BBC News he was determined to modernise the provision of psychiatric help for children.
The care and support minister is launching a task force to look into how to improve services.
One task force member said that “ultimately, money will have to be spent”.
The problems in children’s mental health services have been catalogued in a series of investigations by BBC News and the online journal Community Care

There has been an increase in the number of young people being treated in adult wards and travelling huge distances to receive help
A recent survey carried out by the charity Young Minds showed that councils were cutting services
A report from NHS England last month acknowledged it had no idea about the extent to which mental health problems affect young people. They are however to open an extra 50 beds for inpatient care

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