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NHS encourages children and young people to seek help as new data shows rise in mental health problems

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England’s top children and young people’s mental health doctor is encouraging youngsters to seek help if they need it, as NHS Digital’s new survey shows there has been a rise in mental health problems in children and young people during the pandemic. The survey shows one in six children and young people had a probable mental health disorder in July during the first wave, compared to one in nine in 2017.

NHS England’s Professor Prathiba Chitsabesan has said that it is entirely understandable that young people have concerns and anxieties given the impact and upheaval caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

And the NHS is stressing that children and young people, and those who care for them, should be reassured there are sources of help for anyone concerned with their mental health and is encouraging families to seek support, especially if symptoms are persistent and impacting on their everyday life.

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Posted on 30th October 2020