Collette Isabel Stadler: How poor provision of mental health services adds to the risk burden for children in care
26 Jul, 16 | by BMJ
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If you are a 13 year old child in state care, your chance of having a significant mental health problem during adolescence is 49%, yet this is not always a catalyst for action. more…