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The links between childhood poverty and mental health problems

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 11:39 -- admin
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Children’s mental health is beginning to get the attention that it deserves, and there has been an effort from Government to achieve parity of esteem with physical health. However, access to support is not always easy for those that need it.
 
There is a wide variety of evidence to show that children who live in poverty are exposed to a range of risks that can have a serious impact on their mental health, including debt, poor housing, and low income.
 
This report by The Children's Society, released in March 2016, sets out a number of areas for further exploration, and makes recommendations for Government to better address the mental health needs of children and young people living in poverty.
 
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