Two-thirds of UK Parents Fear Child's Mental Illness 'a Life Sentence'

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Two-thirds of UK parents fear their son or daughter would be facing “a life sentence” if they developed a mental health problem in childhood, research shows. Many also worry that their child will not get a job, find a partner or have a family as a result of their condition, and might even be taken away from them.

A survey of 2,061 adults, including 500 parents, found that 67% of parents believe their child may never recover from being diagnosed with mental illness. The findings have prompted renewed concern about how well-equipped NHS children’s and adolescent mental health services are to deal with the growing number of young people experiencing problems such as acute anxiety.

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