In the News: Austerity causing mental health issues for young people.

A quarter of young people referred to mental health service in England including some who had attempted suicide received on help according to a review carried out by the children’s commissioner.

The commissioner obtained data from 48 of England’s 60 child and adolescent mental health service trusts, discovering that 28% of referrals were denied specialist treatment on the grounds that their illness was not serious enough.

Even those with the most serious illnesses who secure treatment faced lengthy delays waiting 110 days.

The post of mental health champion for schools was axed this last month because she warned that austerity was causing mental health issues for young people. Young people explained that the reasons for their anxiety were things like poverty, the prospect of being unemployed, student debt, academic and exam pressures.

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