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99% of GP’s fear that young patients will come to harm while on the waiting list for mental health services

2018-12-31T11:11:04+00:00 December 31st, 2018|news|Comments Off on 99% of GP’s fear that young patients will come to harm while on the waiting list for mental health services
  • 90% of GPs say that mental health services for children & young people are inadequate
  • 99% fear that these young people may come to harm while waiting to access treatment
  • 88% of GPs say it’s impossible or very difficult to access treatment for anxiety
  • To help young people manage anxiety, stem4 launches Clear Fear, a mobile phone app based on evidence-based treatment approach
  • GPs say:
  • Suicide amongst young patients appears to be on the increase. We need to have better resources to support them and their parents.”
  • “There is a complete disintegration of service provision. Patients often come to see their GP as no other services are available. I feel I should refer to CAMHS, but often do this being aware that the response they will get will be minimal, inadequate, or even rejected.”
  • “As a GP I have personal experience of the harm coming to 11-18 year-olds due to grossly inadequate mental health services. It is a disgrace and politicians are to blame. They come out with fine words but never follow with action or funding to provide care for these vulnerable patients.
  • “CAMHS have not expanded their remit to see kids with mental health problems, although they still have the nerve to say “providing care 0-19”. Won’t see pre-school children or those over 16.”  

Find out more: stem4 GP Survey

 

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