Almost a quarter of all children and young people referred for specialist mental health support are being turned away, a shocking new report has revealed.
CentreForum found that, as well as 23% of those seeking help being turned away, some were enduring times as long as two and a half years for access to support.
Instead of prioritising early intervention, many patients were told that their conditions were not acute enough and were turned away.
Around one in 10 young people aged between 5 and 16 have a mental health problem- that’s the equivalent of three in every classroom.
The report, which aims to give a ‘state of the nation’ picture of mental health services for young people, also revealed the shocking way people with serious conditions are treated.