In a report by the Children’s Society in 2008, it was found that 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosed mental health problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents have experienced mental health problems.
Since 2008 all mental health services have continued to diminish.
1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year, and public spending is focused almost entirely on coping with crisis. There are strong links between physical health and mental health problems, and yet mental health services do not get parity of esteem in terms of NHS funding. It is not just Danny Rose who has been affected by issues of poor mental health, many more people suffer in silence without the professional support that they so desperately need. Our small service is doing all that we can to raise awareness of these issues and to provide therapeutic support at the level required to ensure the best possible outcomes for those affected.
It is time to change the focus to early intervention to ensure the best possible provision for all members of our society.
You can read more about Danny’s story in the following article: