Young people’s mental health services in Wales “in crisis” according to expert

A BBC Wales investigation hasfound that young people with a mental illness are often left struggling to copewithout the appropriate support. One expert said there are only half therequired staff in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): DrElspeth Webb, a reader in child health at Cardiff University, said servicesacross Wales were operating at between 20% and 40% of the recommended stafflevels. Read more @

Bill Walden-Jones, Hafal’s ChiefExecutive, told the BBC: “In Wales, there’s a situation where thegovernment’s policy and legislative framework is quite good, quite advanced,they actually listen to patients and their families about what should bedelivered. But on the other hand, delivery falls a long way short: it’s verypatchy across Wales.” Watch Bill talking about CAMHS on BBC Wales Today(11m40s in):…/b03x…/BBC_Wales_Today_10_03_2014/