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The BBC One presenter, whose son suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, said not enough efforts are being made to help youngsters access mental health care now.

Sean’s experiences with his son Robin led him to create Kids In Crisis in 2018 after he faced a personal battle for help. Now he says the problems he’s faced since Covid are greater than ever.

“My son has OCD and for the right level of treatment, it was a nine-month wait through Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

“Young people are waiting and have suicidal tendencies and are not even on the list… That was a few years ago. And it’s worse now.

“That’s why I’m excited about it. Something has to change.”

The TV presenter, who is a father of two, added: “With Covid, young people have been hit harder than any other group, and there will be a huge delay in time for that, we will talk about this in 10 years, saying ‘There are young people struggling with Covid in 2020! “Investing in early intervention to help young people with mental health issues is vital,” says Sean. “Allowing them to reach a crisis point and then picking up the pieces doesn’t make sense. It costs more to fix the problem and means they take longer to get better.”

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