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Parents 'too embarassed' to seek help with child mental health

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A UK study suggests parents may delay getting help for a child’s mental health problems out of embarrassment.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham and King’s College London held focus groups with 34 parents concerned about their child and found worries about being judged a poor parent or the child being taken away by social services stopped many seeking help from a primary care clinician. They also thought of GP practices as “medical places”, where it was inappropriate to raise their child’s emotional or behavioural problems.

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  • Charlotte Peters Rock

    Parents are not 'too embarrassed', they are desperate, because they rapidly become aware of how badly they and their children are served, by hospitals, social workers and others. Without very early and effective intervention, our children become very let down both in the area of health and education.

    Children do not need totally uncaring people to threaten their parents constantly.

    They need help and support, as and when it is necessary, not once-every-six-months visits to useless 'paediatricians' who - a a matter of official policy - do nothing to help. (except that they are rather keen on drugging, as a first recourse)

    They do not need any contact with the current breed of totally unaccountable nurses, and social workers, but people committed to doing an early and complete job of helping them through their problems.

    When it comes to the supposed 'mental' problems in respect of children with autism, words fail me.

    The treatment of both parent and child, is so bad that I honestly feel that we could just cut all the 'dross officials' from the payroll.

    We and our children would certainly be no worse off, and the children might be a great deal better off, if they never saw another official in their lives.

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