Mental health

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In brief

  • The mental health of the UK’s children and young people was deteriorating before Covid-19, but the pandemic has taken a devastating toll on their mental wellbeing.
  • As mental health services reach tipping point, councils and their partners face enormous challenges to ensure local children get the urgent help they need.
  • Against this backdrop, it is key that councils and their partners frame good mental health as a basic human right; one all children and young people are entitled to.