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Young people are leading an in-depth Scottish Government study into child and adolescent mental health services. Between 15 and 20 people aged 14 and 22 will be recruited, from a variety of backgrounds, as part of the new youth commission on mental health services. It comes as mental health minister…
The number of young people contacting Childline about child sexual exploitation rose by a third last year. The charity delivered 3,122 counselling sessions to children and teenagers on the issue in 2016/17, up from 2,340 in 2015/16. Young people access the sessions by either ringing Childline, or contacting them online…
The Duchess of Cambridge is due to attend a forum on how schools can tackle mental health problems. The Place2Be school leaders forum will see expert speakers consider how schools can provide practical support to children, young people and their families. Kate, who is a royal patron of Place2Be, has…
The mental health response following the Grenfell Tower fire is the biggest operation of its kind in Europe, a doctor has said, with numbers affected likely to exceed 11,000. The unprecedented need following the blaze has transformed the Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) into "the largest trauma…
Four in 10 mental health services for children are failing, with youngsters facing long delays for treatment, according to a Government-ordered review. The study, from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), found many services set their own targets for how quickly youngsters should be seen, leading to children's mental health deteriorating…
Children as young as six are suffering from trauma related to the Troubles, an Irish government committee has been told. The Wave Trauma Centre, which supports people affected by the conflict, said the charity had received a number of referrals of young children who had not been born at the…
There has been a "rapid" rise in teenage girls self-harming in recent years, experts have found. Between 2011 and 2014 reports of self-harm among British girls aged between 13 and 16 rose by 68%, according to new research. Experts from the University of Manchester gathered data from 674 general practices…
A record number of children have sought help from Childline over suicidal thoughts. NSPCC help and advice service provided 62 counselling sessions each day last year for children tormented by thoughts of ending their own lives. Children as young as 10 were reaching out for help after contemplating suicide, the…
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