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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).

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  • 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)

References

(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