A grim picture: Flood of mental health research published

Increasing mental health referrals, increasing levels of anxiety, and increasing numbers at risk from severe mental health conditions – a range of research published during Children’s Mental Health Week lays bare the scale of the mental health challenge facing young people. Pete Henshaw takes a look

Children’s Mental Health Week – running from February 7 to 13 – has brought with it a wealth of research reports focused on the mental health and wellbeing of our young people – and the picture seems grim.

Increasing mental health challenges combined with inadequate funding for services, continuing difficulties with CAMHS referral thresholds, and a limited capacity for early intervention seems to be creating a perfect storm.

Let’s look at four of the reports published this week…

Anxiety (Place2Be)

The vast majority of school staff say they are seeing increased levels of anxiety among their pupils, but barely one fifth say they could access specialist support for children who need it.

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