Concern over rise in mental health referrals

PUBLISHED: 11:33 10 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:33 10 March 2014

Debbie Humberstone founder of The Project

Debbie Humberstone founder of The Project

Archant

Axminster group critical of delays in treating young people and says the service is ‘desperately under-resourced’

A pioneering Axminster-based mental health project for young people has reacted critically to news of a sharp increase in

referrals for anxiety and depression in Devon.

Figures just released show that nine per cent more adults and 30 per cent more young people were sent for treatment last year.

Local mum Debbie Humberstone, who launched The Project last autumn, said numbers attending her group were now rising quickly.

“Since the beginning of the year we have been getting enquiries and referrals on an almost daily basis from doctors, schools and from parents,” she told The Herald.

“Whilst this is good, and we know our groups are meeting a need, our problem is in finding adequate, responsive services when we want to refer a child or young person on for one-to-one help.

“Official figures show that in some cases those over the age of 18 with complex mental health problems may have to wait up to two years for support.

“As for those under the age of 18 - who would be supported by Devon’s Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) - we are finding that many of our young people have been stuck on waiting lists for referral to statutory services for many months. Mental health services for young people are desperately under-resourced, and yet the number of young people experiencing issues with anxiety and depression is rising year on year.”

The Project runs two-hour support groups, alternating weekly between those aged 12 to 16 and those aged 17 to 24.

From its base in Axminster, the group supports young people across East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset. Staff and volunteers use discussion, arts, self-expression and activities ranging from meditation to bushcraft to provide new ways of supporting emotional and mental wellbeing.

There is also a monthly support group for parents of young people with mental health issues.

For further information about The Project contact www.theprojectyp.org.uk or telephone 07970 167341 or email info@theprojectyp.org.uk

0 comments

Other News Stories

16:33

The measures to restrict vehicular access to Cranbrook Railway Station are to remain for the immediate future.

Read more
16:09

Travel writer to lift the lid on the world’s most secretive nation

Read more
12:54

Main sponsor John Capon presents the Otter Windows Shield to Vicki Watkins

Read more
18:04

On this week in 1944: Extracts from the Exmouth Journal, printed April 22, 1944.

Read more
09:38

Police called after reports of shoplifters targeting local stores.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Three Honiton venues joined forces to bring artisans and makers together for a spring fair.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:57

Local scout groups parade through Beer.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:19

An ex-professional footballer from Spain has been jailed for 11 years for abusing five boys while in Britain.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:02

Primary school youngsters pull on their running shoes to support CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

See the Future held a successful fundraiser as supporters walked around the streets of Honiton.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications