Mental Health Crisis

I recently watched a ‘Panorama’ documentary entitled ‘Kids in Crisis’ and my first thought was that could have been me. Through brain damage resulting in impaired emotions, I continually dealt with anxiety and bad thoughts as a child, around a disability I didn’t know I had.

The documentary was centred around children with mental health issues and the problems around services provided by the National Health Service in the UK. One parent who agreed to go in front of the camera was open and honest about her daughter who had struggled with mental health issues since she reached adolescence and how the system had failed her.

There were more stories to tell. Nearly-half a million children are either receiving treatment or simply waiting for treatment to start. The UK Government have promised to put money into mental health, but like other services, it has become a postcode lottery.

Panorama investigated in more detail the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (‘CAHMS.’) With mental health in the spotlight, the programme continued to investigate in more detail whether mental health care is rationed in some areas, leaving children exposed until they have to be hospitalised.

By the end of the programme, it became clear that children have been let down by NHS services, whose children are put at risk, with parents having to fend for themselves, to find the help their children desperately needed. Where parents were having to wait 2 to 3 years, in desperation they chose to go down the private route.

If mental health and mental health issues aren’t addressed when they present, they may escalate into bigger, potentially life threatening situations. Mental health issues may start in childhood, but can happen at any age depending on our circumstances.

Always ask for help if you’re struggling with mental health issues.

Source: BBC One – Panorama


2 Oct, 2018

4 thoughts on “Mental Health Crisis

  1. It is a sad situation, seeing as these children could be saved from a lifetime of pain and suffering if they were treated right away, instead of having to wait until things are so bad that they need to be hospitalized.

    My first suicide attempt was when I was 13 and if I had gotten treatment then, my life could have been so incredibly different now.

    My Father asked me Why? and at that point, if he didn’t know, I wasn’t going to tell him. They never worked on addressing their own mental health issues, so they couldn’t comprehend that I needed to.

    The only thing they ever talked about was how much it would cost, which made me feel even more guilty, so I chose not to get the help I needed which is even sadder.

    They tend to focus on treatment of the older patients which by that time, most of the damage has been done that could have been avoided if they had been treated as children.

    This is definitely a crisis here in the US too, but unless the politician’s kids have these issues, they really don’t seem to care.

    As always, it’s about the money which is so sad, seeing as this is supposed to be one of the richest countries in the world. What they waste in one day on these so called war efforts, could provide coverage for every child; which is the way it should be.

    I am praying that my own daughter is getting the help she needs since she has them too, on top of dealing with her Cerebral palsy, but she’s rarely in touch, so I have to sit and wonder.

    1. Thanks Randy for being so open about your experiences. I tend to think the same way.

      It’s sad that instead of your parents understanding you at the age of 13, they put the onus back on you. But when it comes to any mental health issue, one size doesn’t fit all.

      But others have to want to care, to help us so that we can begin to understand our behaviour and why we do what we do.

      I learned the guilt was never mine to carry. Although our circumstances are different, but similar Randy, there is one thing for sure, our experiences are not for us to carry.

      That should help us both with our mental health.

  2. Randy, having read your response I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experiences. It must be hard to talk about such serious things, but we are all indebted to you for your honesty and openness.

    I learned to look after myself when I was young, as my parents were hands off to say the least. That helped me with my mental health and protected me from the dysfunctional house I lived in.

    1. Yes, I absolutely love that Randy is open and honest about his experiences.

      When we get things out into the open those things don’t go underground. It’s the issues that stay underground that contribute to mental health issues.

      Your description of your household isn’t unique to you, I wish I could say it was. Children are still being brought up in dysfunctional households and will sadly potentially have to tackle mental health issues.

      As ‘my story’ shows, with help in trying to understand how we feel, we can start to address mental health issues.

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