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Mental Health Report: Children Stuck On Six Month Waiting Lists

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:51pm 28th May 2014 (Updated 5:47am 29th May 2014)

Some Cornish children suffering mental health problems are stuck on six month long waiting lists.

A report is laying into the way young people are treated in the Duchy and demanding urgent changes.

Teams say care is complex and riven by tensions between the different groups responsible, not least over funding.

The report talks about a lack of leadership and vision, warns lessons are not being learnt and says there is little tangible evidence things are getting better.

Health bosses have been given four months to come up with an improvement plan.

Follow the link and click on Item 12 of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee agenda to read the full report.

Truro teenager Ben Cowburn was at an adult mental health unit in Redruth when he took his own life.

Mum Sharon is campaigning for a new specialist centre for young people: "People need to be made aware and mental health needs to be given adequate attention and funding. We're hoping very much that this will help tip the balance and secure the funding that we need.

"Obviously lives are being lost, suicide rates in young people are going up in Cornwall and we've paid the ultimate price of losing our son."

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