Mental Health Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 24th March 2009.

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Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Shadow Minister (Health) 2:30 pm, 24th March 2009

The picture around the rest of the country may not be not quite so rosy. Figures show that the number of people admitted to hospital for intentional self-harm has increased by a third in the past five years, from 74,000 to 97,000. More than 4,000 of those admissions were of children under the age of 14. One in eight women admitted to self-harm in 2007, an 80 per cent. increase since 2000. Figures released by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children yesterday show that the number of suicidal children ringing the helpline ChildLine has tripled in the past five years. Is the Minister not ashamed of these appalling figures and the Government's failure to turn the tide on the country's deteriorating mental health?

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