Childrens Mental Health Problems Abeing Ignored

The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), November 19, 2003 | Go to article overview

Childrens Mental Health Problems Abeing Ignored


Byline: SANDRA MURPHY

CHILDRENS mental health problems are being ignored in Northern Ireland, a new study revealed yesterday.

Research examining ways to improve mental health services found that 30 per cent of children and adolescents in northern Ireland are affected by mental health problems.

However, Paul Hutchinson, co-author of the Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability (NI) report, said the majority of young people were suffering in silence.

Research shows that resources are available only for 10 per cent of children with significant mental health problems, he said.

Society needs to recognise the importance of childrens mental health and take action now.

He also said it was unacceptable that a lack of childrens beds meant some young people had to be admitted to adult psychiatric wards.

Mr Hutchinson said health promotion programmes in schools would help combat the growing problems of substance and alcohol abuse, mental illness and eating disorders among young people. …

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