Figures released by the British Medical Association show that the South West has one of the highest numbers of children with severe mental health problems being treated away from home.
A mother from Bristol says her family has been "ripped apart" by a decision to admit her son to hospital 300 miles away.
Adele Hanlon's son Eddie has complex mental health problems and has been in hospital in Newcastle for almost 5 years.
For five years Adele and her family have made the 600 mile trip every month to see Eddie. But this is not unusual, over the last two years in the South West, the number of young patients being sent away for care has more than doubled with 467 children and teenagers currently being treated away from home.
That's the biggest rise in any English region and the second highest number of children being treated away from home in England.
NHS England says it will fund over 150 new beds for under-served parts of the country over the next two years.