Children’s mental health: Record number referred for specialist care

More children than ever have been referred to the NHS for the most serious mental health problems, the latest figures show.

Some 409,347 under-18s were referred for specialist care for issues such as self-harm and eating disorders between April and October 2021.

That was 77% higher than the same period in 2019.

Head teachers and a children’s charity say they are seeing a rise in other less severe issues, too.

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