NHS speaks out over help for troubled teenagers

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HEALTH chiefs have defended the help they give to teenagers after criticism of the service from the family of a teenager who hanged himself.

Robbie Hale, 16, was found dead at his home in Corsair Close, Lee-on-the-Solent, in January last year.

His mum Lorraine said support for teenagers within the health service is lacking when they move from being covered by the children’s mental health unit to the adult one.

Now Anne Fleming, who is in charge of young people’s mental health services for the Solent NHS Trust, has backed the way they work.

She said: ‘Our child and adolescent mental health service treats young people up to the age of 18 years where there are concerns about their mental health.

‘When their needs require a transfer to adult services, we begin this at least six months before their 18th birthday to ensure there is a seamless transition to adult mental health.

‘We are constantly reviewing our processes and procedures, but are satisfied that we currently have robust plans in place.’