Disturbing report highlights need to prevent spiralling levels of mental ill health in children and young people

The Children’s Commissioner for England has launched a new report revealing that children and young people are struggling to access mental health services they need.

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Jenny Edwards, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said:

"Today we have yet more evidence that we are failing to prioritise our children’s mental health. Children presenting with suicidal symptoms and being turned away is a shocking reality that requires action. While we need to improve access to services, this alone will not solve the total problem.

"We must put preventative steps in place. Putting mental health onto the curriculum so students learn about steps to take, teaching children mindfulness techniques, cracking down harder on bullying and introducing whole-school mental health strategies are just some of the steps that would make a massive difference for children.

"We also need to address the sources of pressure, like the ever increasing burden of testing and exams.

"Slow action is costing lives. The Mental Health Foundation is working with others, including our Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition to call for change now."

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