The Defender of Rights calls for an emergency plan for the mental health of young people

Claire Hédon had already alerted in November to the state of the mental health of young people, undermined by the health crisis, with an increase in depressive disorders and insufficient psychiatric care.

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She believes that the means are “grossly insufficient”. The Defender of Rights called on Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on Thursday 2 June to put in place an emergency plan for the mental health of young people. “While 2022 has been designated the European Year of Youth, the Defender of Rights, Claire Hédon, and her deputy, the Defender of Children, Eric Delemar, call on the Prime Minister to take full measure of the seriousness of the situation in which plunged many young people and to act quickly so that the mental health of young people is a priority”she wrote in a press release.

The Defender of Rights had already warned in November about the state of the mental health of young people, undermined by the health crisis with an increase in depressive disorders and insufficient psychiatric care, in her annual report on the rights of the ‘child. “Public Health France unfortunately proved him right by publishing alarming figures on an increase in emergency visits for suicidal gestures, suicidal thoughts and mood disorders among 15 to 24 year olds”underlines the press release, deploring that “However, some structures continue to close child psychiatry beds for lack of staff and resources”.

“The lack of care for mental health disorders and the resulting breaches of rights constitute an obstacle to the proper development of the child and to his best interests, which two years of epidemic waves have contributed to aggravate in a very worrying way. “continues the text. “While the peak of adolescent hospitalizations in 2021 is not coming down, the situation of some of these minors remains dramatic, as the care is sometimes unsuitable”.

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