The NHS is making progress in protecting young people’s wellbeing, but wider society has a vital role too

As a mental health nurse since 1984, stories like this never get easier to read (“Suicidal children face long delays for mental health care”, News). One delay is one too many but context is vital too.

Your article was based on a small audit from a single London hospital, using outdated information going back four years. There was precious little explanation about how mental health services are improving or what is driving demand for care. In London alone, the number of young people’s mental health beds are up almost 25% since 2017.

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