We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

An investigation by the BBC has found that children who have mental health concerns are waiting more than 12 weeks to receive care. 

In some cases, the wait has become so bad that the child’s parents are no longer trusting the system. In addition to this, some doctors have reported that more distressed children are going to A&E because they simply have nowhere else to go.

A spokesperson from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine was quoted as saying that some children have had to be admitted to general wards as they have no other option.

While NHS England has acknowledged the difficulties that came with the pandemic, they are working to expand services significantly. This expansion is to ensure that children receive quicker access to the care they need. 

Specialist mental health care is provided by CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). CAHMS includes a team of nurses, psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists. These mental health professionals support children who are suffering from anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and a range of mental health conditions.

Between April 2020 and March 2021, CAHMS saw 420,000 children and adolescents. Half of those that were seen had to wait more than 4 weeks, one-fifth had to wait more than 3 months. 

There are signs that there is an improvement in waiting times since the pandemic began, however, services still seem to be overwhelmed. 

NHS England is hoping to support an extra 345,000 children and teenagers by 2023. In the meantime, there is hope that waiting times decrease. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk