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July 2015 - News

Care agony of Asperger’s girl

A 15 year old girl with Asperger’s syndrome has had to travel hundreds of miles from her home for treatment and has been moved 21 times in just three years because of a lack of beds for children with mental illness. Beth Hopper is currently in a psychiatric care unit in Manchester, more than 100 miles from her home in Hull. During one six month period Beth was moved to Leeds, Cheshire, two locations in Liverpool, Nottingham, back to Liverpool and then Warrington. Some 50,000 children aged 15-19 were referred to mental health clinics in 2013-2014 of which less than 1,400 were found beds! Beth’s story was recently told in the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary ‘Kids in Crisis’.

Pleas for help soar among stressed students

(The Times) The number of students in some of the country’s top universities seeking help for depression, anxiety and mental health problems has soared. Since 2004 the number of students requiring additional support has doubled with Oxbridge, Bristol, Imperial and University College London all experiencing a dramatic surge.

The Economist – Special report July 11th, 2015

‘The age of unreason’ – a 12 page review of the issues confronting the world as it becomes wealthier, mental illness is becoming more common with childhood conditions such as autism and ADHD now widespread.