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Further proof of the crisis in children and young people's mental health

IPPR response to Childline stats

Craig Thorley, IPPR Research Fellow for Public Services, responding to new figures showing Childline receiving over 19,000 calls from children with suicidal thoughts last year, said:

"This report adds further proof of a crisis in children and young people's mental health. Although government has pledged to invest £1.4 billion by 2020, there is evidence that this is being siphoned off into other areas of NHS spending, rather than going directly to schools and frontline services.

"Increasing mental health expertise in schools will help to identify problems as early as possible and ensure young people receive the support they need."


Editor's Notes:

  1. See: 'Childline contacted every 30 minutes about suicidal thoughts', NSPCC, 8 August 2016, []
  2. IPPR highlighted this issue in May in the report 'Education, education, mental health'. See:
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