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Sharp rise in under-19s being treated by NHS mental health services

By July 13, 2018National News

There were a total of 389,727 “active referrals” for people aged 18 or younger in April, a third higher than the same month two years ago, according to the latest statistics published by NHS Digital.

The number seeking help for conditions such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders is rising sharply.

Almost 50,000 children and young people a month are being referred, mainly by their GP, for mental health treatment. About 900 of those referrals are because of an eating disorder, mainly anorexia nervosa.

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