Despite the importance of early treatment for mental health problems, patients wait several months for insurance-funded treatments. The new mental health center in Holešovice will provide assistance in a few weeks.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center provides comprehensive care. Reporter Lída Křeštanová discovered details about her work
“Because it is a short-term service of three to six months, it is very intense. Both parents and children come here twice a week. We provide comprehensive care, check-ups by a doctor, psychologist and nurse, you have a private tutor and family counselor here,” enumerates the director of the center Michaela Hanikova.
Thirteen experts at the specialized mental health center on Koronovani Street can only be seen by children permanently residing in the capital. This service is covered by four insurance companies so far.
The non-profit organization House of Three Wishes operates two similar centers in the Czech Republic.
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“We see that the demand has increased significantly after 2020. Of course, if I were to look at it as a whole community, we still have here more than 40 children a year who commit suicide. This is a constant number that is growing rather slightly,” explains its director, Miroslava Vlimova.
There is a shortage of child psychiatrists
Ms. Alina’s fourteen-year-old daughter is also having problems. She found cuts on her hands when she started wearing long-sleeved clothes. “It was already much warmer, so it was weird for me,” says Alina. She and her daughter visited the Libny Counseling Center in Prague at the beginning of the school year.
In the past six months alone, the number of minors interested in treatment there has increased by a third compared to the whole of last year.
“There is a huge shortage of child psychiatrists. So at least we are trying to increase the number of psychiatrists and psychotherapists who have some experience or education working with children,” explains the clinic director, Markéta Čermáková.
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