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SANE comment on Education Policy Institute report on access to child mental health services
Added: 10th Jan 2020

Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, on the annual report by the Education Policy Institute that found just over a quarter of children referred to specialist mental health services were turned down in 2018-19:

“It is deeply troubling that despite the increase in government funding for mental health services, the number of children deemed ill enough to need help who have been turned away has increased from 50,000 to more than 130,000 in just two years.

“Children and teenagers who need treatment but are denied it risk long-term mental illness: two-thirds of all mental health problems start before adulthood. It not only makes humane but economic sense to intervene early, when there is a greater chance of prevention and recovery. What is happening now is nothing less than a betrayal of a generation.”

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