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Austerity, stress and NHS cuts: this is the reality of Theresa May’s legacy on mental health

May's resignation speech claimed improved mental health services as an achievement. In reality, a dangerously stretched NHS is facing a growing number of referrals—and campaigners say Conservative policies are to blame

By Sharan Dhaliwal  

Prime Minister Theresa May launches her NHS long-term plan. Photo: PA

Watch the clip of her resignation speech, and you will notice Theresa May begins her list of accomplishments with a slight stammer: “That is why I put proper funding for mental health at the heart of our NHS long term plan.” Perhaps it’s because her legacy involves the very opposite of that statement. 

Last year, NHS figures showed that around 400,000 young people 18 and under contacted them for active referrals for their mental health. Many of…

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