Children who self-harm deserve better funded mental health services, says BMA

By agency reporter
August 30, 2018

In response to new analysis from the Children's Society which suggests that  one in four 14-year-old girls self-harm, British Medical Association consultants' committee deputy chair and NHS child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr Gary Wannan said: "It’s worrying that so many young people see self-harming as a way of coping with social pressures, and as a normal part of adolescence.
 
"Better funded mental health services that match the increasing burden of mental ill-health are what these children deserve, and this study shows how the government’s failure to address the ongoing problem with children and adolescent mental health services leave[s] many feeling they have no choice but to harm themselves to cope. 
 
"Schools provide vital opportunities to intervene early in pupils’ wellbeing and their budgets mustn’t be raided to prop up NHS services. Both must be equally and urgently funded to ensure CAMHS has universal reach, and doctors are adequately supported to oversee meaningful change." 

* Read more about the Children's Society analysis here

* Download the BMA's briefing on funding mental health services in England here

* British Medical Association https://www.bma.org.uk/

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