Mental health

Cornwall families 'desperate' for new mental health unit

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall communities reporter

A mother from Cornwall has been describing how desperate families are to see the new mental health unit for under-18s open in Bodmin.

Between 10 and 15 children and teenagers are being treated at mental health units out of Cornwall at any one time - some hundreds of miles away, separated from their families.

Young people have had to travel as far as Cheshire and Norwich for treatment.

Speaking to the BBC, but wanting to stay anonymous, she said that she had clocked up thousands of miles to visit her teenage daughter who was was currently being looked after about 300 miles away.

She said: "She has been in the system for three years in three different counties, with none of her placements in Cornwall."

The new £11m, 14-bedroom Sowenna Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service unit is due to open this summer.

Managers said that a panel of young people had been working with the Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust to contribute design ideas to ensure the facility is as bespoke as possible.

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