The corona virus has further increased the problems in juvenile psychiatry. As a result, care for young people with serious psychological problems has stalled, according to research by the Health and Youth Care Inspectorate (IGJ), reports News hour Monday evening.
IGJ Chief Inspector Korrie Louwes investigated the situation in twenty mental health institutions, she told the current affairs column. Her research shows that children from the age of twelve with eating disorders, depression and suicidal thoughts do not get the help they need.
“Corona has further enlarged, deepened and sharpened the problems that already existed for youth mental health care.
According to the inspector, employees in the institutions are also exhausted because there is too little manpower. In addition, healthcare institutions are forced to say “no”, while they see that a patient really needs help, she says. Furthermore, the helplessness of parents would also be clearly visible.
Louwes says against News hour that she expects the waiting lists in all mental health institutions in the Netherlands to increase. According to her, this is because the corona crisis has added “many vulnerable families”, including families “who were not already in the picture”.