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Analysis from the Centre for Mental Health has shown that 1.5 million children and young people will need mental health support as a direct result of the pandemic over the next three to five years.
Young people’s mental health and wellbeing has never been so important
One in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2021, a huge increase from one in nine in 2017. That’s five children in every classroom (i).
83% of young people with mental health needs agreed that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse (ii).
In a YoungMinds commissioned survey by Censuswide, two-thirds (67%) of young people said they would prefer to be able to access mental health support without going to see their GP but half (53%) said they didn't know how else to access this help (iii)
(i) NHS Digital (2021): 'Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2021'. Available at: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/mental-health-of-children-and-young-people-in-england/2021-follow-up-to-the-2017-survey
(ii) YoungMinds (summer 2020) Coronavirus: Impact on young people with mental health needs (survey two). Available at: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/media/355gyqcd/coronavirus-report-summer-2020-final.pdf
(iii) YoungMinds (2020), First port of call: the role of GPs in early support for young people’s mental health. Available at: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/media/2csbkvlz/final-the-role-of-gps-in-early-support-for-young-peoples-mental-health.pdf