Free online professional counselling service for children and teenagers with mental health problems is launched

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 09 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4420
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

A new UK charity has launched an initiative to help children and teenagers with mental health problems, warning that “appalling” service cutbacks are depriving them of adequate support.

MindFull said that 11-17 year olds would be able to receive free online professional counselling, self help advice, and support in schools from trained peer mentors.

It said that an estimated 850 000 young people had a diagnosable mental health problem, equal to three children in every classroom, but almost 75% received no treatment.

One in five children, MindFull said, had had symptoms of depression, and almost a third of all children (32%) had thought about or attempted suicide before they were 16.

The new programme, which is part of the Beat Bullying …

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