‘Pupils’ lives are at risk – mental health services just can’t cope’

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“It is widely acknowledged that child and adolescent mental health services cannot cope, that young people’s lives are at risk because of this. Unfortunately, I now see a system where a child may die because of the absence of support. And let me be clear here, Camhs aren’t the problem – the funding and regional issues are.”

These are the words of a secondary school teacher in Cumbria. She told Tes this week that she knew of pupils referred to Camhs for self-harm who had attempted suicide after waiting at least 10 months to be seen.

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