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Study shows sharp increase in the number of children experiencing mental health problems

New analysis reveals the significant impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of our children.

The report published by The Children’s Commissioner for England, Rachel De Sousa, shows that one in six children are struggling with their mental health, up from one in nine in 2017.

The report also shows that some children are still waiting a long time for their treatment to begin, and many are still not accepted onto waiting lists and with wide variation between local areas on what is being achieved.

Figures recently released by the Local Government Association (LGA) provide further evidence with the number of children with mental health problems seen by social workers increasing by a quarter in the last two years, totalling around 1,500 children presenting to councils every week.

De Souza said responses to her office’s survey revealed a generation of children that could be lost to poor mental health.

She said “As a society we need to raise our level of ambition to support children’s mental health. This means schools and early years settings providing good support for all of their children. It means early support like Mental Health Support Teams in schools being extended across the country. It also means a continued push to increase access to NHS services.”

Read the full report here.