Serious mental health conditions in children up 50 per cent in three years

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Jean Gross
08/04/2021

Serious mental health conditions in children up 50 per cent in three years

A report from the departing Children’s Commissioner for England notes that clinically significant mental health conditions among children rose by 50 per cent compared to three years earlier, according to an NHS study carried out in July 2020. One in six children now have a probable mental health condition. The report found that during 2019/20 only four per cent of children were able to access mental health services - this equates to one in four of those who need support, based on latest estimates. The current NHS aim is to treat a third of children with a clinically diagnosable mental health condition, with 17 local areas failing to reach this target. But 53 local areas are exceeding this aim, with a commitment to treat half of young people who need support.