Mental Health report: GPs and supporting young people

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The charity Young Minds UK published a report today after researching the role of GPs in providing support to young people's mental health.

In the report are some pretty shocking statistics, including that 77% of GPs think that the mental health support available for young people is not good enough.

You can read a summary, and the full report, using the following link:

https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/...rts/gp-report/


What do you think about this?
Are you surprised?
What have your experiences been if you've seen your GP for your mental health?

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Unfortunately, I’m not surprised.

Thankfully I’ve never needed to seek GP help for mental health, but talking as someone who works/studies within the NHS, services in general are overstretched, and mental health is no exception.
Furthermore, with the pandemic bringing a standstill to many routine services, the backlog is massive and so this issue doesn’t look like it’ll be resolved any time soon. Add to that insufficient funding and shoddy management, the picture doesn’t look great.
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Yeah they're rubbish. All they ever do is hand out SSRIs like sweets. I had medication that worked, but they stopped it because they care more about keeping their job than prescribing diazepam. It's better to just pay privately and get seen by a psychiatrist.
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This is unlikely to come as a surprise to anyone who has had dealings with mental health services/ poor mental health.

The mental health system in this country is broken, it's always been broken. Of course there are some very competent professionals that work in it, however this is a systemic problem.
One question that on one seems to be asking is- why are rates of mental distress/ illness so high? Society is ****ed, I tell you.
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77 percent isn't shocking to me at all; i mean it's pretty obvious there isn't enough spending or resources for mental health services. personally haven't used CYPMHS itself but can't imagine it's much better than mental health services for adults. couple years ago i has two(!) urgent referrals from medical professionals to see a psychologist and still took me nearly 7 months to get in; and then, of course, they can only offer you so many sessions, which barely helps if you have 7+ years PTSD and GAD from sexual trauma.

i do appreciate tho it's complicated for the government to finance mental health services cuz so many people struggle with it (just look at the report in the op: 55 percent of 16-25 year-olds have gone to their GP re mental health) and cuz 'fixing' serious mental health issues might take years of treatment. we'd have to start taking mental health as seriously as physical health to make some real change, but not sure the government or the taxpayer is ready to.
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