The sorry state of ser­vices

Sunday Express - - CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH -

RE­SEARCH car­ried out by Beat last year shows:

On av­er­age, peo­ple wait al­most three-and-a-half years to get treat­ment for their eat­ing dis­or­der.

They visit their GP three times be­fore they get a re­fer­ral for a spe­cial­ist as­sess­ment, and have to wait more than six months for treat­ment to start.

Adults wait for twice as long as chil­dren and ado­les­cents be­fore seek­ing treat­ment.

Boys and men with eat­ing dis­or­ders have to wait longer than girls and women.

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