Young 'bearing brunt' of Covid crisis as mental health referrals soar

Young 'bearing brunt' of Covid crisis as mental health referrals soar

Mental health referrals for children and young people rose by more than a quarter during the pandemic, new figures show, with experts warning that the young are "bearing the brunt" of the Covid crisis. Research by the Royal College of Psychiatrists found there were 80,226 more children and young people referred for help between April and December – up 28 per cent on the previous year. Meanwhile, 600,628 extra treatment sessions were given – a rise of 20 per cent. This compares to a rise of eight per cent in treatments for adults. The head of the college warned that the demand for services is reaching breaking point, with a "very real risk" they will be "overrun by the sheer volume of people needing help". Analysis of NHS Digital data suggests that while the crisis was affecting people of all ages the under-18s were suffering most. Overall, 18,269 children and young people needed urgent or emergency crisis care, including assessments to see whether they needed to be sectioned under mental health laws. This is an increase of 18 per cent …
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