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(UK) One in 4 fourteen year old self-harms; funds needed to address 'crisis in mental health'

Aug 29, 2018, TV: One in four 14-year-old girls self-harm study finds, amid warning of 'crisis in children's mental health' http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2018-08-29/one-in-four-14-year-old-girls-self-harm-study-finds-amid-warning-of-crisis-in-childrens-mental-health/ Ministers have been urged to address the “crisis in children’s mental health” after a Children’s Society report revealed that around one in four 14-year-old girls self-harm. The charity’s annual Good Childhood Report, which examines the state of children’s well-being in the UK, found that out of the 11,000 children surveyed one in six reported self-harming at 14…. One young person told the charity: “I felt like self-harming was what I wanted to do and had to do as there was nothing else I could do. I think there is help for young people but not the right kind of help…. Children’s Society chief executive Matthew Reed said: “It is deeply worrying that so many children are unhappy to the extent that they are self-harming…. He said: “Early support for vulnerable children and families in the community, which can help prevent mental health problems from developing, is also vital, and ministers must urgently address the £2 billion funding shortfall facing council children’s services departments by 2020.” Roy Perry, who chairs the Local Government Association children and young people board, said the figures revealed a “crisis in children’s mental health”. He added: “This is why we are calling for councils and schools to be given the funding to offer independent mental health counselling so pupils have access to support as and when they need it…. “This country’s mental health crisis is not going to go away overnight, but with appropriate action from Government, there is hope that fewer children will have mental health worries and be happier with their life as a result.”…