One in four young people with mental health referral ‘rejected’

According to The Guardian, data shows NHS rejection rates have remained unchanged despite additional investments.

Research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) estimated that more than 130,000 of those referred to specialist services in 2018-19 were “rejected”, among them young people who have self-harmed, suffered eating disorders and experienced abuse.

Providers said treatment was not given mainly because children’s conditions were not suitable, or were not serious enough to meet the threshold. The average median waiting time to begin treatment has fallen by 11 days since 2015, but children still had to wait an average of two months.

Teachers’ leaders warned that schools were struggling to fill the gap.

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