There have been questions from journalists about the impact of lockdown on young peoples mental health.
Dr Sally Hodges, Chief Clinical Operating Officer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS FT, said:
“In North Central London we had a drop in regular referrals and presentation to CAMHS in the first few weeks of the pandemic. Understandably, people may have been concerned about going out, including going to see their GP. Obviously, referrals from schools have gone down. What we’re seeing now is a rise in the numbers of young people presenting in crisis. Our message to young people and to parents is if you’re or if you child is struggling, seek help. The standard NHS routes are still open. Call your GP. There are also many other resources such as Young Minds or apps if you’re feeling too nervous to leave the house. If you’re being offered remote consultations, but you can’t or don’t wish to access care that way, say so. Don’t delay getting help.”
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