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The Government Must Cut Waiting Times For Children’s Mental Health Services

We call on the government to tackle the mental health epidemic at the root, and fast - to do this it needs to cut waiting times for children (5-16 years old), shortening its timeline to introduce maximum waiting times by 2022-23. If not, our country will lose countless young lives in the meantime.

On May 9 two committees of MPs published a report saying the government's plans will take too long to come into effect and will ‘fail a generation’. On average, a child waits a decade from the moment they suffer their first symptom of poor mental health to receiving treatment. At such a crucial stage in children's development, mental health issues should be treated as a matter of urgency. Diagnosing and treating issues early will help deal with problems before they develop into something worse.

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Currently ranked 1,650 out of 1,814 open petitions, and 33,555 out of 102,737 petitions ever created.

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Created By

Jamie Roberts

Created On

Thursday 17 May 2018

Closing Date

Friday 16 November 2018

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