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"Make Room for Matthew" Petition

By Lambeth Autism Group, Mar 1 2016 08:19PM

Hello LAG members and supporters,

You may have seen reports in the press recently about the severe national shortage of inpatient beds for children and young people with mental health illness. A​n NHS England report (Shepherd, 2014) found that v​ulnerable children and young people with autism and mental health difficulties are being placed a long way from home ​and their family support networks​. This report also found c​hildren and young people are being placed in inappropriate inpatient units because appropriate mental health services are unavailable elsewhere.

In the Evening Standard today, read about Lambeth parents Isabelle and Robin Garnett and their struggle to get the right treatment and support for their teenage autistic son Matthew.

Isabelle and Robin started a petition earlier this month. This has now grown in size to over 23,000 signatures. Local MP Helen Hayes asked a question in parliament on Tuesday this week. You can view her asking her question and the reply from minister Alistair Burt here;

The NAS Community Campaigns Team are backing this campaign.

Here's a message from Isabelle;

I'm hoping that you can help my son Matthew and many, many, more young people with autism and mental health difficulties. Our local MP Helen Hayes supports our campaign and I want to share Matthew's tragic plight with Lambeth Autism Group members and supporters. We hope to gather enough signatures to persuade the government to take positive action to address the current Adolescent Mental Health Crisis.

So if you can, please add your support by signing the petition and forwarding to your contacts.

With kind regards,

Venessa Bobb

Lambeth Autism Group

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