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No support for young with mental problems

Published 20/09/2016

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Whether there is recognition of a crisis in mental health problems among young people, or not, the level of the service to assist is simply not there.

Personal experience last year showed that to get into the system takes weeks in the first place.

Once in, sessions are limited to no more than three or four (but it's important to state how brilliant they were).

In effect, this is a triage service, to find you out and move you on. But where to?

If these entry services are under the stress and pressure of numbers, the specialists above them are swamped.

Waiting lists are months to years long. The whole process is painfully slow and the service is under intolerable strain.

And through this, the young person you are trying to support continues to suffer.

Something is terribly wrong here, I think.


Belfast Telegraph

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