Parents Fear Children's Mental Illness Diagnosis

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Parents Fear Children's Mental Illness Diagnosis


Byline: Ben Morgan

TWO thirds of parents in London fear their children would never recover if they were diagnosed with a mental illness in childhood, a charity said today.

Research by MQ found half of parents in the capital worried that their child might never get a job after being diagnosed with a mental health condition. Four out of five said more needed to be done to increase funding and support for young people's mental wellbeing. Fewer than 40 per cent of those who responded to the survey believed current treatments were effective and helped people recover.

Laura Hitchinson, 27, first saw a counsellor when she was 12 and it was eight years before she was diagnosed with severe depression. During her teenage years, her school attendance and work suffered and at university she suffered a breakdown and was found wandering the streets in her nightclothes.

Today, Miss Hitchinson called for more research into mental health and for teachers to be more aware of depression three pupils in every class are likely to suffer a form of mental illness.

She said: "Whilst we take research into physical health very seriously, we are not looking enough at mental health. It doesn't make sense to not be dealing with something that is such a huge issue.

"I hope further research into mental illness will help bring better understanding of conditions like mine and hope to others affected. …

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