Mental Illness: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th February 2022.

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Photo of Charlotte Nichols Charlotte Nichols Labour, Warrington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of children aged 5-16 have a clinically diagnosable mental problem; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of those children who are receiving appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

This information is not held in the format requested. However, NHS Digital’s data shows that approximately one in six children or 17.4% aged between six and 16 years old had a probable mental health disorder in 2021.

No specific estimate has been made of the proportion of those children who are receiving such interventions.

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