Number of children referred to mental health services has almost doubled since Covid

The Telegraph has campaigned for ministers to put children first within the wake of the repeated Covid lockdowns, with motion to deal with the hurt brought on.

Tom Madders, the director of campaigns on the charity YoungMinds, stated: “It is devastating that so many children and younger persons are in want of mental health assist and that there has been such an increase in those that want disaster care.

“These report numbers present additional proof of the toll of the pandemic on children and younger individuals’s mental health – one thing that the sector has been warning of for a while.

“Too many young people struggling with their mental health are either not being seen or are facing an agonising wait once they are referred, leaving them at risk of reaching crisis before they get any support.”

NHS ‘faces a crisis on top of a crisis’

Imran Hussain, the director of coverage and campaigns at Action for Children, stated: “These shocking figures make clear the NHS is facing a crisis on top of a crisis when it comes to children’s mental health.”

An NHS spokesman stated: “The pandemic has inevitably had an influence on the nation’s mental health however, because the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ personal evaluation exhibits, the NHS helps extra children and younger individuals than ever earlier than, with over 600,000 supported within the year up to June.

“While there is more to do, the NHS has already set up mental health crisis lines, put more support in schools so that help is available at an earlier stage, as well as setting out ambitious plans to treat an additional 345,000 children and young people each year thanks to the NHS Long Term Plan.” 

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