Children as young as seven were patients of Malta’s mental health facility, Mount Carmel, new parliamentary figures have revealed.
Speaking following a parliamentary question from Mario Galea, who has himself struggled with mental health, Health Minister Chris Fearne revealed that there have been 66 young people at Mount Carmel through 2019.
The ages of the patients varied from as young as seven to 18 and were split relatively equal between genders, with Mount Carmel this year having housed 37 boys and 29 girls who are under 18.
Their reasons for being at Mount Carmel were not revealed in the parliamentary question. However, the facility deals with a multitude of cases ranging from psychiatric conditions, conduct disorders, intellectual disabilities, psycho-geriatrics and substance abuse.