Health professionals lack mental health training, study suggests
A recent study completed by Mind revealed that less than half of trainee GPs (46%) undertook a training placement in a mental health setting.
In addition to this, practice nurses are also being let down, with 82% saying they feel ill equipped to deal with aspects of mental health.
It is recognised that young people living with epilepsy are four times more likely to have a mental health problem than their peers.
Earlier this year, the Independent Mental Health Taskforce published a report proposing better integration of physical and mental health services. It calls on the Departments of Health and Education to bring together an expert group to address the needs of children who are particularly vulnerable to mental health problems including those with long-term conditions such as epilepsy.