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Under 18's should be allowed seek help in Pieta house without their parent's permission

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Pieta House is a centre for suicide and self harm prevention. Throughout the years they have helped over 17,000 people in suicidal distress or self-harm. Although, people under the age of 18 cannot seek help in Pieta House without a parent or guardians permission. If the young person is in need of help, they are turned away until a parent or guardian gives Pieta house permission to help their child. The problem with this is that young people who may need help are made to wait until permission is gotten, when they may need the help right away. For other young people, the problem may be that the parent's are unsupportive of the young person and thinks they're "only looking for attention" and will not make the appointment. In other cases, the parents could be part of the issue of why the young person needs to seek help in the first place and cannot go to their parents to ask permission to make an appointment. Young people should be allowed to seek help in Pieta House without their parent's permission.

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