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New Order singer: 'Kids abandoned over mental health'

By Lucy Cotter, arts and entertainment correspondent
New Order's Bernard Sumner believes the "underfunding" of mental health services for young people is "disgusting" and a ticking time bomb for this country.
As the band showcases a new Sky Arts documentary about their work, called Decades, the musician said nearly four decades on from the suicide of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis that mental health provisions for young people haven't moved on."I'm not just talking about epilepsy but mental health issues for young people especially school kids it's criminally underfunded," he told Sky News."When the coalition government, after the banking crisis in 2008, formed they underfunded the NHS and they completely underfunded help for young people with mental issues."Sumner continued: "And it's still the same way and it's young kids at school that really, really need help and they've just been abandoned."And that's going to create a time bomb for this government and this country - attention needs to be brought to it. It's disgusting."Sumner, who was an original band member of Joy Division, said Curtis would have struggled with the pressures that bands now face.He said: "It's obviously incredibly sad what happened and we wish Ian could have been around to enjoy all of this. But to be honest, I don't think his health was intact enough for him to be able to stand the rigours of touring, because it can be pretty punishing."It can be pretty tough, pretty exhausting and I don't think Ian's health was in a fit state to do any of that so there would have been some kind of implosion that happened."Drummer Stephen Morris believes there has been a shift in attitudes and Ian Curtis was affected by the stigmas surrounding mental illness in the 1970s.
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