When you have taken the first step of asking for help for a child with mental health problems you will be referred to CAMHS ( children and adolescent mental health services)
This should be the beginning of the road towards help and support , but for so many this is just not the case.
The same can be said for adult mental health services.
The fact is that CAMHS are failing a great many children and adolescents.
Waiting times are far too long and there just isn’t enough help and support !
This week I have actually written a formal complaint about the absolute lack of care that my two sons ( both under CAMHS ) have received.
This is despite repeated communication from the school , my gp , our parent support worker , our youth support worker , the borough inclusion manager , and a psychologist , all asking for help. One if my boys is what the school calls ” a child in crisis ” the other has suffered from mental illness for at least 8 years.
There is no support from CAMHS.
And so I am complaining .
I am fighting for my children.
I shouldn’t have to , the help should be there ,
But it’s not.
This is not good enough.
The last thing you need when your child has mental illness or a disorder such as autism , is to have to fight tooth and nail for every little bit of support.
I don’t know the figures but :
How many children are failing at school because they aren’t receiving adequate mental health support ?
How many children are self harming and not receiving adequate mental health support ?
How many children are taking their own lives because they are not receiving adequate mental health support ?
How many children’s young lives are destroyed because they don’t receive adequate mental health support ?
I highly suspect that the answer to all these questions is too many.
I do know that in London one in four 18 year olds are not receiving good transition care between CAMHS and adult mental health services.
With many left high and dry when they reach 18.
This is wrong. Very wrong.
Its 2013 in Britain.
Our vulnerable young people are not being looked after.
More has to be done.
Inadequate services must be highlighted and must be taken to task
We must all do more to get the message out that people are being failed every day.
We must do more to support the charities that support mental health illnesses and disorders such as autism.
These young children , and many adults with mental health needs are not able to fight for themselves.
Somebody has to fight for them.
That somebody is us.
The fact is that if you haven’t already got a family member with mental illness , or are affected by mental illness yourself …. You just don’t know when that may change.
It can happen to anyone from any walk of life at anytime.
Mental illness must never be a taboo subject .
It must never ever be something that anybody should be ashamed of .
And there absolutely must be more help and support for all those affected.