Rise in children as young as 11 needing NHS mental health help

New figures show there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children as young as 11 requiring help from NHS mental health services.

ata by NHS Digital for England shows an increase in the number of young people requiring support and accessing treatment, with almost one in four 16 year old girls requiring help.

Across all age groups, the number of people in contact with NHS mental health services has increased, with almost a fifth more people needing support than three years ago.

A breakdown of the data shows a 29% increase in the number of under-18s in contact with services for mental health, learning disabilities and autism in 2021/22 compared to 2020/21, the first year of the Covid pandemic, and the previous year ( year without pandemic).

About 992,647 needed assistance in 2021/22 – up from 768,083 in 2020/21 and 763,888 in 2019/20.

Overall, 18% of 16-year-olds (114,203) and 17% of 17-year-olds (101,694) had contact with these NHS services in 2021/22.

Of these, 16-year-old girls were the most likely to have had contact with NHS mental health, autism and disability services – 23% (69,580) needing support in 2021/22.

The number of 11-15 year olds involved in services has also increased, from 359,681 in 2020/21 to 498,558 in 2021/22 – an increase of 39%.

A total of 3,256,695 people of all ages had contact with mental health, learning disabilities and autism services at some point during the year – 992,647 of whom were under the age of 18.

The total has increased by almost a fifth in three years, from 2,803,244 in 2020/21, 2,878,636 in 2019/20 and 2,726,721 in 2018/19.

Put another way, around 5.8% of people in England were in contact with services during the year 2021/22, up from 5% in the previous pandemic year and 5.1% of people in 2019/20.

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