May to promise NHS mental healthcare boost for under-18s

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Campaigners wary of pledge to expand treatment to more children and teenagers

Theresa May is to promise a major expansion of NHS mental healthcare for children and young people in an attempt to tackle the “scandal” of most under-18s not receiving treatment.

Health service bosses said they hoped the move would end the persistent criticism that only a minority of young people receive help for debilitating conditions such as depression, eating disorders and psychosis.

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