EDITOR'S COMMENT: Child mental health referrals rise concerning - The Solihull Observer

EDITOR'S COMMENT: Child mental health referrals rise concerning

Solihull Editorial 20th May, 2018   0


A steep rise in Solihull youngsters being referred to NHS mental health services is concerning.

The increase of a quarter in just one year begs the simple question, Why? The answers are not straightforward.

But the last decade has seen a much-needed transformation – with mental health illness emerging from the shadows and being treated much more seriously.

Talking about stress, panic and depression among children and parents is no longer taboo. It is credit to campaigners who forced mental health up the political agenda.

Now resources have to be found to help patients, after nearly a decade of public spending cuts, as the NSPCC rightly states.

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