Evidence highlights mental health issues among young people

25 October 2016

Rapidly accumulating evidence shows that growing numbers of children, teenagers and young adults are being afflicted by debilitating psychological and psychiatric ailments.

Among the 235,189 young people in England who were in contact with mental health services in June, 11,849 boys and girls were aged five and under, 53,659 were aged between six and 10. Just over 100,000 were aged 11 to 15, and 69,505 were aged 16 to 18.

NHS Digital, the health service’s statistical arm, began collating these figures in January.

Statistics also show that self-harm and post-traumatic stress disorder have risen sharply in young women aged 16 to 24 in recent years.

More than half of all Relate’s counselling in Bedfordshire and Luton is now with children and young people.

Pressures on the young, including the need to excel academically, look good and be popular, as well as poverty and family breakdown, are said to have created the growing burden of mental illness in school-age children and young adults.

Luciana Berger, president of the Labour campaign for mental health, says:“These new figures shine a spotlight on the extent of the demand for mental health treatment, particularly when we know there are thousands of children who are being turned away because thresholds to access services are out of reach for too many.”

NHS England says: “We know that increasing numbers of children and young people are accessing mental health services across the country. It’s an absolute priority for us that these vulnerable children and young people are provided with the best services possible and the additional £1.25bn, which started to go into the NHS in 2015, is helping us to kickstart this upgrade in care.”

If you’d like to arrange counselling for a child or young adult, talk with one of our friendly appointments team on 01234 356350.

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