Inside My HeadBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7353.1590 (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1590
- Iain McClure, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist
- Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria
Channel 4, Sundays at 8 pm, 16 to 30 June
In 2000, following a survey of 10 000 UK children aged between 5 and 15, the Office for National Statistics reported that 9.5% had a “mental health disorder”—psychopathology of sufficient severity and persistence to constitute a significant impact on the child's functioning or relationships. This landmark survey consolidated an increasing body of evidence signalling that mental health is an issue that significantly affects children, young people, and their families.
Only 10% of children with identifiable mental health problems receive a specialist service. The United Kingdom has 3.6 child and adolescent psychiatrists for every 100 000 children, compared with the EU average of 4.8. Less than …