Hull and East Yorkshire MIND want Government to see for themselves the lack of local child mental health facilities


Published: Tuesday 7th July 2015 by KCFM

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The Chief Executive of Hull and East Yorkshire MIND is calling on the government to help solve the lack of local child mental health services.

David Smith wants them to visit the region and see for themselves how families are struggling to cope.

It follows a campaign for a new in-patient mental health unit from two Hull Mums, after their daughters were sent miles for treatment.

Sally Burke’s daughter Maisie, and Kathy Hopper’s daughter Beth, both suffer from poor mental health and have had to travel to Manchester, Sheffield and even further afield just so they can receive the care they need.

But both mums believe that sending their children away actually hindered their recovery and say the only option to prevent it from happening to others in the future is to secure a new service closer to home.

Chief Executive David Smith says more research is needed to improve local services:

“We need to start talking to schools, to families, carers, community groups, we need to involve the local authority and we need to ask young people themselves. If you were feeling anxious, depressed, worried, what would that help look like and what would make it easy for you to access?”

He explains why there’s been a rise in demand for local services recently:

“I think some of this is down to increased awareness. We’ve done a lot of work over the last 10 or 15 years around reducing stigma, making it much easier to talk about mental illness and to talk about mental wellbeing and emotional wellbeing. Some of this is just people asking for help.”

Mr Smith believes those who’d benefit from closer-to-home services should be heard:

“The people that need our services and the people that use our services, should have a real voice and influence on designing and delivering those services. We talk about ‘co-production’ and it’s something you see emblazoned over all sorts of policy documents, but we’re absolutely rubbish at doing it in practice and we’ve got to get much better.”

He explains what needs to happen now:

“We’ve got to deal with the lack of in-patient facilities, but then we also need to deal with the capacity with our existing children and young persons mental health service. At the moment it’s swamped and we’ve got to find some solutions out in the community rather than relying on the NHS and medical services to do it for us.”

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Published: Tuesday 7th July 2015 by KCFM

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