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Young people with mental health problems spend record number of days in hospital

16th February 2010

The amount of time children and young people with mental health problems spend in hospital has hit a five-year high, new figures reveal. Released in response to a parliamentary question tabled by Shadow Children's Minister Tim Loughton MP, statistics show that under-18s spent a total of 84,501 days on mental health wards in the first half of 2009/10.

Lucie Russell, Director of Campaigns: “These statistics are really shocking as they show the level of distress amongst young people continues to rise. Figures consistently show teenagers are experiencing unprecedented pressures and are feeling lonely, anxious, and depressed.

“Without early intervention and support for young people, this trend of young people spending more time in psychiatric hospitals will just continue to increase. We have to start taking responsibility for the welfare of our young people. We can’t keep to continue to bury our heads in the sand.”

“More worrying these statistics do not tell the whole story – ‘bed days’ do not tell us how many children and young people are on mental health wards or for how long. We need a system where we really know what is happening to distressed young people.”



YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers. www.youngminds.org.uk

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Article Information

Title: Young people with mental health problems spend record number of days in hospital
Author: Claire Tuckey
Article Id: 14080
Date Added: 16th Feb 2010

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