Young peoples mental health problem is a worsening crisis and there is immediate action required. Early prevention and intervention will half the number of people with life long health issues. What if we could tackle the causes and reduce the incidence of enduring mental health problems with starts from the age of tackle the mental health problems which according to a research will rise to one in three and the picture is mixed across the country by 2021? A recent report called the problem a “silent catastrophe” while a survey of teachers labelled it an “epidemic”. But, whatever the language deployed to describe the scale of mental health challenges faced by young people and it has to be addressed immediately. Nevertheless, the warning flares on children and young people’s mental health have come thick and fast lately. A few days earlier, a report from the Association of Child Psychotherapists warned of “a serious and worsening crisis” following a survey of staff in child and adolescent mental health services, under-funding on top of service reorganisation was an ongoing threat to these specialist services.

Key Takeaways:

  • 50% of mental illnesses experience onset before the age of 14.
  • It is crucial for government leaders to find ways to pay for preventative treatment for mental health issues.
  • Nurturing families, minimizing adverse experiences, creating education on mental illness, and responding quickly to it can also help.

“The commission asked the NHS Benchmarking Network to estimate the staffing and cost implications of a range of scenarios for improving access to mental health services for children and young people. To reach all those who need treatment or support would require an extra 23,800 staff at a cost of £1.77m a year.”

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