General Article Lack of mental health services for children leaves them at risk of suicide and self-harm

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One in five children* have symptoms of depression, and almost a third (32%) have thought about or attempted suicide before they were 16. That’s according to a report from the new mental health charity, MindFull being launched today by the team behind BeatBullying.

The new charity will give 11- to 17-year-olds immediate access to free online professional counselling support and advice. The launch is supported by Ed Miliband MP and clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron.

The report, Alone with my thoughts, includes a survey by YouGov of over 2,000 young people which reveals that nearly a third (29%) have self-harmed because they feel ‘down’. Over half (52%) of those who had shown signs of depression as children felt let down by their experiences of mental health support. On average, those children who showed symptoms of depression and talked to more than one person, ended up speaking to people 22 times before they got help. Almost half (47%) of young people with depression neve...

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