ENYAN It’s time to end CAMHS waiting game, says NSPCC’s Des Mannion

“We know the devastating effect that delayed access to mental health support for children and young people can have.

Figures from health boards across England and Wales showed that nearly 19,000 children and young people were hospitalised for self-harm in 2015/16, an increase of almost 2,400 (14 per cent) in the past three years.

This worrying rise, with teenagers admitted to hospital for severe acts of self-harm, indicates the dire consequences of failing to provide the appropriate help when children need it the most.

Efforts have been made to encourage children and young people to talk to someone they trust when they are suffering from low mood and self-esteem issues.

This has been boosted by the Heads Together campaign recently led by the Royal Family with Prince Harry talking frankly to the media about his own mental health struggles.”

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