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Mental health commissioners urge ‘radical change’ in young people’s services

Mental health leads have called for a radical overhaul of child and adolescent mental health services, warning the increased pressure on specialist inpatient services is affecting GP referrals.

Experts on mental health from CCGs and local authorities called for changes in the way CAMHS are designed, commissioned and delivered at an event organised by NHS Clinical Commissioners last week.

Speakers said CAMHS needed more funding to give mental health parity of esteem with physical health.

They also called for an end to age-based cut-offs to determine young people’s access to mental health services, and for barriers between different agencies to be broken down.

The recommendations are being submitted to the ongoing Commons health committee enquiry on CAMHS.

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  • The entire mental health system needs a radical overhaul. The only guarantee you get from a psychiatrist is a bottle of pills!

    It is time they started to look at root causes, and not just deal with the symptoms!

    GP's are much kinder and more caring than psychiatrists that make you feel like you are on a conveyor belt!

    GP's make time to listen and when in a crisis, their door is open, unlike psychiatrists who will only see you when your next six week appointment is due.

    Mental health patients should be able to book an appointment with their psychiatrist in exactly the same way as do they do to see their GP ... but unfortunately psychiatrist's decide when they want to see the patient, not the other way around!

    Please let us have a radical overhaul and give mental health patients a better deal in life!

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  • What about mental health problems in the elderly?
    If you have grown up with mental health problems they don't disappear in old age, they get changed to the 'funny old lady' syndrome!

    Remember anyone with a mental health problems needs care and support, not just the young!

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