Young, British & Depressed My response - Channel 4

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Young, British & Depressed - Dispatches - Channel 4

by Charles Linden - Linden Tree Education , Jul 30, 2019


Young, British & Depressed
My response

Dispatches - Channel 4

 My video above addresses the nonsense conveyed in the program.

These are the issues discussed:

  • Recent data shows that half of children needing specialist mental health treatment waited more than four and a half months after their initial assessment, with two out of three people not getting the treatment they need.

  • The documentary asks what is causing the rise in mental health problems among young people, whether antidepressants are being made available too quickly and whether de-stigmatisation campaigns have had an unintended consequence.
  • Last year, there were 700,000 referrals of children and young people under 19 into mental health services – a 45% increase in two years.




Dispatches surveyed 1,000 16 to 30 year olds in the UK, revealing:


  • 68% think they have had or are currently experiencing a mental health problem.
  • 61% think that mental health de-stigmatisation campaigns have been helpful to talk about mental health problems in general.

  • 62% who think that they have or have had a mental health problem say that de-stigmatisation campaigns have helped them identify it.


To consolidate the data, Dispatches surveyed 1,000 GPs across the UK. The survey found:

  • 58% believe an unintended consequence of destigmatisation campaigns has resulted in more people wrongly believing they have a mental health problem.

  • 63% frequently see patients who have self-diagnosed a mental health problem.

  • NHS Consultant Psychiatrist Professor Sami Timimi who works with children and teenagers believes mental ill-health is being diagnosed too quickly in some young people and many are just responding normally to difficult situations.

  • Dispatches: Young, British & Depressed reveals that, as the mental health system is overstretched, more young people are turning to antidepressants. Data obtained by Dispatches reveals that in 2018-19, 55,210 under 18s were prescribed antidepressants - seeing the biggest yearly increase since 2015 (2.4%).

  • However, for children, there is only one antidepressant for which clinical guidelines say the benefits outweigh the risks. Guidelines advise they should only be prescribed following assessment by a psychiatric specialist and alongside psychological support.

  • 86% agree antidepressant prescribing across all age groups (not only under 18s) has increased due to lack of access to other services.

  • 39% of GPs do prescribe to under 18s but only 1% of them think it’s the best treatment for depression.





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