Children’s Mental Health: Waiting Times In Southwark Doubled In 5 Years

Children in Southwark waited more than twice as long to see a mental health specialist in 2019 than 2015.

By Luis, Southwark · June 9, 2020

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Children in Southwark waited more than twice as long to see a mental health specialist in 2019 compared to five years ago.

The average wait for an face to face appointment from being referred by a GP was 6.8 weeks in 2015, but 14.5 weeks in 2019.

In the meantime, the number of children being referred to these services increased by 436 from 2015 to 2019.

A total of 124 children were being treated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Southwark last year.

On top of that South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has vacancies equivalent to almost 70 full-time members of staff.

This was revealed following a Freedom of Information request by literacy charity The Student View to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

If you are experiencing difficulties that you think may be related to your mental health, please seek help. Call NHS 111, or click here for support from The Samaritans, or here for support from Mind.