Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mental Health Trust Hits Back at 'Rejected' Care Claims

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mental Health Trust Hits Back at 'Rejected' Care Claims

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Byline: DAVID HUNTLEY david.huntley@trinitymirror.com @davey_huntley

ALMOST 15,000 young people were referred for mental health treatment across our region in the last year, figures have revealed.

A total of 14,904 children and adolescents were referred across the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley area in 2016/17 - a rise of more than 1,300 on the previous year's figure of 13,564.

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The NSPCC released figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws which raised concerns that, of these, more than one in three were rejected by local specialist NHS mental health services.

It said that from the 28,468 cases referred to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in our region during that period, 6,843 children were "not accepted".

Nationally it reported that 150 children a day were being rejected for treatment with many others facing months to access help.

But the trust responsible for mental health services across Teesside hit back at the claim, insisting children were not being rejected in this area - but assessed and helped accordingly.

Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive, said: "It is desperately sad to see so many young people facing distress around mental health issues being forced to wait months for assessment by CAMHS, many of whom are then rejected for treatment altogether.

"This risks leaving them in limbo while their condition potentially reaches crisis point.

"We recognise the hard work of mental health professionals in trying to help young people get their lives back on track. However, too many children who need help are struggling to access support and treatment which can help them to recover. The Government's upcoming Green Paper on mental health must urgently evaluate the early support systems available to young people to ensure that no child is left to suffer in silence."

A spokeswoman for the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust told The Gazette children were getting the treatment they needed.

He said: "It may be that the young person has been assessed and then moved on to another service or provider for alternative more appropriate care. …

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