Special report: Child mental health resources are stretched from high demand

by News Update

Warning: This report contains references to self-harm and suicide. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, you can get help at any time from the Samaritans by calling 116 123.

Mental health care for children is stretched due to high demand, lack of staff and funding.

The increasing demand for those services across the country means more children have had to wait longer for appointments.

Figures obtained by Sky News show well over a third of youngsters now have to wait longer than the 18-week NHS target to get their first assessment.

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