The number of Birmingham kids accessing mental health services soarsIvy Madziva2019-09-12T08:08:50+00:00
The number of Birmingham kids accessing mental health services soars.
The latest figures from the NHS have revealed that a total of 57,140 people used mental health services in our city in 2017/18
The number of children and teenagers accessing mental health services in Birmingham is on the rise.
The latest figures from the NHS have revealed that a total of 57,140 people used mental health services in our city in 2017/18.
Of those, 9,615 were under the age of 18 – meaning one in every six people accessing these services last year was a child or teenager.
The figure is 17% higher than it was the year before.
In 2016/17, 8,250 children and teenagers accessed mental health services in Birmingham.
That was the first year that this figure was recorded.
Nationally, 525,326 children and teenagers accessed mental health services in 2017/18 – accounting for around one in every four people using these services.
It is not possible to compare this figure to the previous year, due to data quality issues for some NHS trusts in 2016/17.
The figures take into account people accessing secondary mental health services, learning disabilities and autism services.
It may be harder to spot signs of mental illness in children because they may not know how to express what is bothering them.
The NHS advises that signs of depression and anxiety in children often include irritability, having trouble sleeping, and interacting less with friends and family.
Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity, advises concerned parents to try and talk to their child during a car journey or even when playing with them.
The charity also says that parents who are worried about their child’s mental health should visit their GP.
Where to get help
Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at email@example.com , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch.
CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.net has a helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. They’re open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.
Childline (0800 1111 ) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn’t have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information depressionalliance.org
Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying studentsagainstdepression.org
The Sanctuary (0300 003 7029 ) helps people who are struggling to cope – experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks or in crisis. You can call them between 8pm and 6am every night.There are other depression charities.
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