Chil­dren’s anx­i­ety cases are soar­ing

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

UNI­VER­SITY Hos­pi­tals of Le­ices­ter treated chil­dren with anx­i­ety 300 times last year - with num­bers soar­ing in re­cent years.

The hos­pi­tal trust treated peo­ple aged be­tween 10 and 19 around 295 times in 2017/18, as well as treat­ing un­der 10s around 10 times, ex­clu­sive fig­ures from NHS Dig­i­tal re­veal.

That was a rise from 260 treat­ments recorded the year be­fore for those aged 10 to 19.

As well as this, the num­ber of times young peo­ple aged be­tween 10 and 19 have been treated for anx­i­ety at the trust has soared sev­en­fold from around 45 in­ci­dences in 2010/11.

Tom Mad­ders, Di­rec­tor of Cam­paigns at YoungMinds, said: “These wor­ry­ing fig­ures re­flect the rapidly grow­ing de­mand for chil­dren’s men­tal health ser­vices, and we know that many more fam­i­lies can’t get the sup­port they need.

“The new NHS long term plan must lead to in­creased fund­ing for young peo­ple’s men­tal health, and much bet­ter sup­port when prob­lems first emerge.

“Schools also need more re­sources and recog­ni­tion for the work they do on well­be­ing and men­tal health.”

The fig­ures cover fin­ished con­sul­tant episodes where the pa­tient has a pri­mary or se­condary di­ag­no­sis of anx­i­ety.

The di­ag­noses in­clude anx­i­ety dis­or­ders, pho­bic anx­i­ety dis­or­ders, sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety and so­cial anx­i­ety. The same child may be treated more than once in the same year.

NHS Dig­i­tal has rounded num­bers and sup­pressed small num­bers to re­duce the risk of in­di­vid­u­als be­ing iden­ti­fied.

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