Specialist support required to help head off crisis

7th August 2017

Specialist support required to help head off crisis

The announcement by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt that thousands more mental health workers are to be recruited in the NHS in England highlights the crisis currently faced by mental health services in the UK.

“Families with adolescents in chronic need of mental health support are often finding that it is not available at their time of need or that they have to travel many miles to find facilities able to address their complex needs,” comments Kate Campbell-Gunn, a solicitor in Higgs & Sons’ Clinical Negligence team who works with families in crisis, providing specialist support and advice.

“Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court recently highlighted the plight of young vulnerable people when he voiced his concerns about the lack of provision for a suicidal adolescent due to be released from custody, stating  ‘If this is the best we can do for X… what right do we have… to call ourselves civilised?’

“And whilst this case is high profile it is far from unique.”

Kate believes proper and prompt referrals need to be made and appropriate support provided to address the issues faced by these youngsters to help them manage their health issues so that they are able to live independent lives and support themselves as far as they are able.

“Parents and carers faced with issues in the lives of their vulnerable charges can feel let down by health professionals who have not provided the level of care and support they are entitled to expect.

“Support needs to come from a range of professionals and we, in the legal sector can play our part. Where families feel let down we can assist in bringing claims for mental health failings.

“The long-term impact on the lives of these vulnerable people can and indeed will create a long-term burden not only for them and their families but on the health service who will be faced with managing their complex needs well into the future. We need to be prepared to provide the right level of support in order to address these issues and we invite anyone who has experienced difficulties in this regard to get in touch.”

If you or a family member has been affected by negligence in this context, contact our specialist solicitors on 0345 111 5050 or email



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