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Implementing child and adolescent psychiatry reform will save us from disaster. The community support system is being built from scratch

MedExpress Team

Piotr Wójcik

Published May 30, 2023 11:07

Implementing child and adolescent psychiatry reform will save us from disaster. The community support system is being built from scratch - Header image
The system of psychiatric and psychological care does not meet the exponentially growing needs of children and adolescents in crisis. This is the main conclusion of an ad hoc inspection conducted by the delagatura of the Supreme Chamber of Control in Poznań at 13 institutions providing psychiatric and psychological assistance. There is a lack of staff and cooperation among the inspected units, and there are too long waits for help. What's more, there are also situations of direct coercion in violation of the rules.

- Overcrowded wards in psychiatric hospitals, shortages of medical staff, and tragic statistics that say the number of suicides by the youngest is steadily rising are more than warning signs. They are a diagnosis that we have really little time left if we want to avoid an epidemic of mental and psychological illnesses," says Supreme Audit Office Chairman Marian Banaś.

It is estimated that each year nearly 40 percent of Europeans face conditions of this mental nature. The scale of psychiatric and psychological illnesses in children and adolescents does not portend a change in this trend, and in fact suggests that it is growing. Data obtained by the NIK from the police show that over the past five years, the number of deaths from suicide attempts in the under-18 age group has in...

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