How can I access psychiatric help?

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What is the best way of getting the right resources for a medical referral for psychiatric help?

It is a sad fact at the moment that there aren’t the resources to give people proper psychiatric assessments throughout the country. It’s very patchy – there are some excellent services and there are some areas of the country where the services are very thin on the ground. The Government do accept this in principle and have allocated extra money however the resources devoted to child health and child mental health specifically are a very small proportion of general health resources. If you need support the most valuable thing you can have is a good GP or a good general paediatrician who can advocate for you and knows their way round the system.

Question asked and answered at our family’s day 2016