Children and young people are being “ping ponged” around different services when they seek mental health support, MPs have heard. Samaritans said that children and young people are not getting support “early enough” and they are being passed from “pillar to post” when seeking help.
It comes as one grieving father said that his son was “failed” by his community, school and the NHS before he died of suicide in 2015.
Julie Bentley, chief executive of Samaritans, told the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee: “Our real concern is that young people are simply not having access to help early enough, we know that they’re being moved from pillar to post, they’re being ping ponged, and they’re not able to get support until they’re absolutely at crisis point.
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