British Mental Asylums Threaten Teenagers

by Nancy Needhima on  March 30, 2012 at 10:54 AM Hospital News
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In Britain, a lot of teenagers are being confined alongside potentially dangerous adults in mental hospitals ensuing crisis in health services for the young, reporter the Daily Express on Sunday.
British Mental Asylums Threaten Teenagers
British Mental Asylums Threaten Teenagers

According to the report, the Under-18s with mental health problems spent equivalent of 5,166 nights in adult psychiatric wards last year, despite laws introduced five years ago aimed at stamping out the practice.

Sally Hodges, associate clinical director of the north London based Tavistock Centre, one of the leading child mental health units in the country, said: "The provision of mental health services for young people is not enough and recent cutbacks have made the situation worse."

"It is wholly inappropriate for children to be in adult wards where they are at risk from abuse from patients," she added.

Following a number of scandals in which youngsters were physically and verbally abused and traumatised by their experiences in adult wards, a new clause to the Mental Health Act 2007 barred local authorities from placing children in adult psychiatric wards in all but exceptional circumstances.

Source: IANS

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