Young people in Plymouth waiting ten months for mental health assessment is unacceptable - YoungMinds
Commenting on reports in the Plymouth Herald that some children and young people are having to wait ten months before receiving mental health treatment, Lucie Russell YoungMinds Director of Campaigns, Policy and Participation said:
“With three children in every classroom having a diagnosable mental health condition and one in twelve young people self harming early intervention in tackling mental health problems is vital. Young people waiting for over ten months for assessment for mental health problems is absolutely unacceptable.
“Having to suffer and attempting to cope with issues like self harm, eating disorders and depression alone as young people navigate childhood and the turbulent teenage years puts unimaginable stress on them. Not intervening early just stores up the mental health problems of the next generation and creates entrenched mental illness in adulthood.”