Children admitted to adult psychiatric units 79 times in 3 years

Children have been admitted to adult psychiatric units 79 times over the past three years.

It happened on 20 occasions last year, according to freedom of information files.

It’s often due to no bed available in a child and adolescent unit.

Professor of psychiatry in Trinity College Dublin, Brendan Kelly, says adult facilities should be a last resort.

“Being mentally ill, or having an acute crisis like this, it’s very scary, it’s very disturbing for anybody, and for children to suddenly find themselves surrounded by adults, rather than people their own age, that can compound the problems that they’re experiencing.

“The setting is so important, and adult psychiatry units are simply unsuited to children and adolescents.”


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