Suicidal children face long delays for mental health care

Children as young as 12 are having to wait more than two weeks to start treatment

Suicidal children as young as 12 are having to wait more than two weeks for beds in mental health units to start treatment, despite the risk to their lives, research reveals.

A study of under-18s with serious mental health problems found that bed and staff shortages mean NHS services for troubled young people have become dangerously “threadbare”.

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