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UKCP backs independent inquiry into child mental health services following teenager death

Publication date: September 22, 2016

UKCP has backed calls for an urgent independent review of mental health services for children and young people following a coroner’s ruling on the death of a 15-year-old boy at a mental health unit.

Christopher Brennan died after being found unconscious at Bethlem Royal Hospital in South London in August 2014. He had a history of harming himself, and a deterioration in his mental health over the two years before his death led to repeated hospital admissions.

Chief Executive Janet Weisz said: “This terribly sad story highlights the need for more funding for mental health services for children and young people and we would fully support calls for an independent review so that we can help prevent tragedies of this kind happening again.

“We would also stress the importance of children and young people being able to access mental health services, including psychological therapies, in a range of settings such as schools and colleges. This way they can get the help they need as early as possible if they find they are struggling with life and the pressures it can bring.”

The charity, Inquest, which provides advice to people bereaved by a death in custody and detention, called for an inquiry following the coroner’s ruling yesterday (Wednesday 21 September).