This device was announced by Emmanuel Macron during a trip to a psychiatric hospital in Reims, mid-April, to provide an “emergency response to the psychological suffering of young people in a context of health crisis, where the state of mental and psychological health of the French is deteriorating”.
Intended for 3 to 17 year olds, the psych package is aimed at children and adolescents “presenting behavioral disorders and mild to moderate signs of psychological distress, causing concern among those around them (family, school environment, general practitioner, pediatrician, PMI for example) ”, specified this Tuesday in a press release the cabinet of Adrien Taquet, Secretary of State for Children.
“Operational at the end of May”, the emergency psychological package will be “deployed throughout the territory and will allow 100% coverage of ten psychological support sessions, without advance payment, including a initial check-up and up to nine treatment sessions, ”he added.
The psychologist must be chosen by the family from a national list accessible by the end of the month on a dedicated site “PsyEnfantAdo.sante.gouv.fr” allowing the identification of a professional practicing nearby.
Mental health conference this summer
To benefit from it, children must have a prescription before October 31, 2021 and the sessions must be carried out before January 31, 2022.
Beyond this “transitory” package, the Head of State promised during his trip that “more structural” responses would be debated during the Assises de la santé Mental, scheduled for this summer. They should be offered in the second half of the year, said Adrien Taquet’s cabinet.
According to government figures, the use of psychiatric emergencies increased by 40% in 2020 and 40% of parents said they had observed signs of distress in their child since the first confinement.
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