Shock figures show more children than ever suffering mental disorders

Shock figures show more children than ever suffering mental disorders

Data released shows a shocking number of children and young people struggling with mental disorders and falling numbers of specialist consultant psychiatrists.
The figures, collected by NHS Digital and released by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ show that one in eight (12.8%) children and young people aged between five and 19 had a mental disorder in England in 2017. This is around 1.25 million children and young people.
Only one in four children and young people with a mental disorder are seen by a mental health specialist and over 400,000 children and young people are not getting any professional help at all.
In conjunction with these statistics, there has also been a drop in the number of consultant psychiatrists specialising in helping children and young people.
Across England, the number of consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists, the most senior doctors specialising in children’s mental health, has declined by 5.1% since August 2014. The latest training programme data shows that 60% of training places for child and adolescent psychiatry were unfilled.
Stephen Morgan MP said:
The Government talks a lot about improvements to mental health services but that is all it is, talk.
 
“The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper sets out plans to improve service provision and strengthen the link between schools and the NHS. 
 
But by the Government’s own estimates, a quarter of a million children and young people who could be helped will still be missing out in five years, this is simply not good enough. Young people in Portsmouth and across the country need better access to support now.
I will continue to lobby Ministers to commit to a significant improvement in access to services, and to recruiting and retaining physiatrists that can provide the specialist care that children and young people with mental disorders so desperately need.”

Shock figures show more children than ever suffering mental disorders

Data released shows a shocking number of children and young people struggling with mental disorders and falling numbers of specialist consultant psychiatrists.
 
The figures, collected by NHS Digital and released by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ show that one in eight (12.8%) children and young people aged between five and 19 had a mental disorder in England in 2017. This is around 1.25 million children and young people.
 
Only one in four children and young people with a mental disorder are seen by a mental health specialist and over 400,000 children and young people are not getting any professional help at all.
 
In conjunction with these statistics, there has also been a drop in the number of consultant psychiatrists specialising in helping children and young people.
 
Across England, the number of consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists, the most senior doctors specialising in children’s mental health, has declined by 5.1% since August 2014. The latest training programme data shows that 60% of training places for child and adolescent psychiatry were unfilled.  
 
Stephen Morgan MP said:
 
The Government talks a lot about improvements to mental health services but that is all it is, talk.
 
“The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper sets out plans to improve service provision and strengthen the link between schools and the NHS. 

But by the Government’s own estimates, a quarter of a million children and young people who could be helped will still be missing out in five years, this is simply not good enough. Young people in Portsmouth and across the country need better access to support now.
 
I will continue to lobby Ministers to commit to a significant improvement in access to services, and to recruiting and retaining physiatrists that can provide the specialist care that children and young people with mental disorders so desperately need.”
Need Help This Christmas?

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The constituency office at 72 Albert Road is now closed until Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Voicemail and email will be checked periodically so Portsmouth South constituents should leave any urgent messages on the answerphone of 023 9229 1088 or by emailing stephen.morgan.mp@parliament.uk and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

If you need any other type of help, the following telephone numbers may be of use:

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Police 

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Portsmouth City Council Helpdesk

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Housing options

023 9283 4989

QA Hospital 

023 9228 6000

Noise and pollution 

023 924167

Samaritans 

084 5790 9090

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Stephen Morgan MP, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South

Need help this Christmas?

Need help this Christmas?

The constituency office at 72 Albert Road is now closed until Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Voicemail and email will be checked periodically so Portsmouth South constituents should leave any urgent messages on the answerphone of 023 9229 1088 or by emailing stephen.morgan.mp@parliament.uk and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

If you need any other type of help, the following telephone numbers may be of use:

Rubbish collection and recycling

023 9283 4072

Police 

For emergencies 999 and all other calls 101

Portsmouth City Council Helpdesk

023 9283 4092

NHS Direct 

111

Housing options

023 9283 4989

QA Hospital 

023 9228 6000

Noise and pollution 

023 924167

Samaritans 

084 5790 9090

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Stephen Morgan MP, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South

Portsmouth MP supports Warm and Safe Homes campaign to help people struggling this winter

Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan pledges to help end misery of cold homes in South East.  

The most recent Excess Winter Death figures have just been released and show that 5,224 in South East died needlessly of the cold last winter, an increase of 20.8% on last year.

The WASH campaign aims to highlight the desperate and unsafe coping strategies being adopted across the UK due to the misery of living in fuel poverty. The charity says it rejects the idea this should be normal in a country as wealthy as the UK and much more can be done to end fuel poverty and ‘preventable’ excess winter deaths and ill health. 

Stephen Morgan MP said: 

“I am backing NEA’s Warm and Safe Homes Campaign to fight fuel poverty this winter. It is an important issue that we simply cannot ignore.

Living in a cold home can lead to problems for families and many others including ill health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children, and those with long-term sickness and disabilities.”

New evidence provided by frontline workers to fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA), has revealed the top 10 unsafe fuel poverty coping strategies being used to survive winter. 

The regular use of older, dangerous or un-serviced heating appliances is common-place, despite being potentially fatal or leading to heightened risks for nearby neighbours as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning or in extreme situations, fires and explosions.

People struggling to heat their homes are also spending their days in heated spaces such as libraries, cafes or even A&E to avoid the cold. 

Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of National Energy Action commented:

“The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just released the number of excess winter deaths in England for last winter.

Sadly, the statistics have jumped for the second year in a row. Behind those figures will be countless other depressing and dangerous ways in which people try to fend off the effects of living in a cold home.

We all know that people regularly cut back on their energy use and rely on food banks to get by during winter. But in a modern country like Britain people are even barbequing in sinks, going to bed early to keep warm and permanently using candles for lighting.

Frontline workers have also told us they regularly see dangerous appliances being used, ventilation blocked off and people spending days in A&E and libraries just to keep warm.

Further evidence from energy suppliers highlights that over 150,000 cases of energy theft were uncovered last year, many of those causing death or major injury, not just to the culprits but innocent neighbours and passers-by.”

Mr Morgan added: 

“I hope to help NEA shine a light on the desperate and unsafe coping strategies being used by the most vulnerable across the UK this winter.

In the UK today, there should be no need for these practices. Cold homes, and the misery and ill health they create need to be eradicated, especially for the most vulnerable in our society. We know the causes, the consequences and the cures but we risk neglecting millions of people that could be helped with immediate and practical solutions.”

To learn more about the plan and the Warm and Safe Homes Campaign visit www.nea.org.uk

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