Though an increasing number of people are approaching psychotherapy as an enlightening way to learn more about themselves and their environment, others work with therapy for specific concerns or events, and in the case of children and teens, this later situation is often the case. Coming forward to a therapist about having been abused is a large and mature step for a young person, note the authors of a recent study on England’s postal code waiting list system for victims of child abuse. The system creates a kind of lottery for access to state mental health care. To have courage met with the promise of a long wait for the attainment of professional mental heath care and services—spanning over a year in some instances—is an understandably negative experience.
The study sought to examine how long children and young adults were having to wait to receive proper care from the limited number of England’s providers. While sexual abuse, which served as the primary focus for the study, can be very difficult for children to process, and healing may benefit extraordinarily from quality mental health services, the study found that the issue is not held as a priority in the country and within its public health sector.
An obvious need for increases in the availability of providers as well as shortened waiting times for clients is outlined by the study, which hopes to bring attention to the care of sexually abused young people in England and throughout the world. As many teenagers face difficulties attaining services for adults as well as special health incentives for children, carefully considered programs may help youth get crucial assistance for healing and remaining healthy.
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