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According to findings from the Centre for Mental Health (Missed Opportunities, 2016) children and young people with mental illness have to wait an average of ten years before receiving help. In the last 25 years, rates of depression and anxiety amongst young people have increased by 70%. In 2015/16, almost 19,000 teenagers were admitted to hospital for self-harm (NSPCC). In 2016 the Office for National Statistics included for the first time on its research on UK suicides the deaths from intentional self –harm of 10-14 year old children and people aged 15 and over, as nearly 100 children killed themselves between 2005 and 2014. With 50% of mental illness in adult life (excluding dementia) starting before 15, and 75% before 18 (RCPCH, 2015), investing in effective Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is of urgent importance.

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