Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of children and adolescents with mental health problems who required treatment in each year since 2013; and what assessment he has made of the levels of severity of those problems.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Information on the overall prevalence of mental health conditions in children and young people is available in ‘Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2017’, published in November 2018 and available at the following link:

https://files.digital.nhs.uk/A6/EA7D58/MHCYP%202017%20Summary.pdf

NHS Digital has also published experimental statistics covering the number of children and young people accessing National Health Service-funded community mental health services in England. These show that 377,866 children and young people were in contact with NHS-funded community services in 2018/19 and received two clinically meaningful contacts, a proxy for receiving treatment. These are available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/mental-health-services-monthly-statistics/number-of-children-and-young-people-accessing-nhs-funded-community-mental-health-services-in-england-april-2018-to-march-2019-experimental-statistics

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