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