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Child and adolescent mental health services in crisis

Fletcher, Adam ORCID: and Evans, Rhiannon Emily ORCID: 2015. Child and adolescent mental health services in crisis. [Online]. Cost of Living. Available at:

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There’s been more bad news recently about the state of young people’s mental health. One in five 11-15 year-olds in England now report self-harming. The number of people who die by suicide is also increasing, as is the number of young people attempting suicide. Early intervention is essential to reverse these trends. However, repeated cuts to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) means that many young people can’t access the specialist support and therapies they need – with levels of self-harm potentially escalating while needs go unmet. Meanwhile, schools have increasingly been required to fill these gaps in services but without staff training or support. As well as re-investment in CAMHS, it’s also time to focus on developing the capacity of schools, and other youth settings, to help prevent this escalation of harm in the future.

Item Type: Website Content
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Publisher: Cost of Living
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 08:38

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