Figures Show Mental Health Treatment For Under 11s Has Jumped Dramatically


Overall the number of referrals to CAMHS from schools has increased each year since 2014, reaching 34,757 in 2017; the equivalent of 183 every school day, and up from 25,150 in 2014.

In the east of England, schools made 7,881 referrals to CAMHS, but nearly a third of these were deemed ineligible for treatment.

'We know we need to do more which is why we have extended our schools and NHS link pilot to deliver training in 20 more areas of the country this year.

The numbers have been increasing year on year - in 2014/15 the total was 159, and in 2017/18, the total was 344.

Year on year, the number of referrals to CAMHS is on the rise. This also included an age breakdown (11 and under, 12-15 and 16 and over) and the number of referrals who were and weren't eligible for treatment.

This is why our new Mental Health Strategy, published a year ago, was shaped by a public consultation - a consultation that received almost 600 responses.

The number of primary school pupil referrals has been slammed by Labour county councillor Danielle Stone as 'absolutely horrifying'. Ineligible cases stood at 429.

The NSPCC is warning that increased demand for mental health support is placing the system under real pressure, jeopardising the well-being of thousands of children. Its Childline service has seen a 26 per cent increase in the number of counselling sessions with children about mental health issues over the past four years.

Hundreds of children across Berkshire are being referred for mental health treatment services by their schools, it has been revealed.

NSPCC policy officer Alana Ryan told the Guardian: "It is worrying there are so many children being deemed as needing some kind of mental health support and whether or not that is mental health support that meets the clinical support threshold, it's still a need".

The statistics also reveal that one-third of those referred to Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs) were declined help.

Alison Kerry from Mind said: "Hollyoaks have created an incredibly powerful film as part of their groundbreaking #DontFilterFeelings campaign and to mark Mental Health Awareness week". They say this could be a result of a lack of funding and services to support children in those settings.

"The experience of stress over a long period of time can easily lead to more serious and mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression".

'We need a "local offer" laying out pathways and early interventions for children who are starting to run in trouble'.

Phil Constantine, operations manager at Leeds-based Vickers Laboratories, and Gavin Howarth, managing director at Howarths People & Safety Management in Cleckheaton, are calling for businesses to be aware of the negative impact that failing to equip senior leadership teams and managers with skills to identify and address mental health issues in the workplace could have.

Princes William and Harry will join stars from sport, film and music, for a minute-long mental health message, which will be broadcast simultaneously by hundreds of United Kingdom radio stations at 10.59am today.

"It goes without saying that good mental health and wellbeing are vital to business performance, as content, healthy employees are more engaged, motivated and - ultimately - more productive".