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“It is getting worse… and we haven’t been doing anything for years”

WA’s Chief Mental Health Advocate Debora Colvin says the state’s youth mental health service is in crisis and not enough is being done to improve the situation.

The Mental Health Advocacy Service’s annual report highlighted shortages with the level of service for young people suffering mental health issues.

The report outlined some children were required to wait days in emergency departments for beds and sometimes left without even being admitted.

Mrs Colin told Gareth Parker there was a large gap in service between initial support and serious mental health care for young people.

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