This will only be worse since lockdown. Help children now with anxiety disorders. Long term results will mean less adults with long term severe mental health issues.

Imagine you’re nine years old. You’re feeling anxious all the time and struggling to cope. Your Mum is worried and takes you to the GP. You get diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and are referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). But they don’t help you. You’re not ‘high risk enough’. Instead you’re referred to a local charity, and they tell you can’t be seen for 18 months. You’re offered no support in the meantime. Your mental health gets worse. School becomes more difficult. And eventually your family have to pull you out because you can’t cope.

This is Lana’s story. She should have been able to get support for her mental health when she first reached out. Thousands of other young people need that support too. That’s why our Activists have written an open letter to the Government urgently asking for more early mental health support.