The Daily Telegraph

Video games to help children’s mental health


Video games will be offered to up to one million children in an attempt to help their mental health, under guidance for the NHS.

The recommenda­tions mean children as young as five will be prescribed games, videos and quizzes which aim to reduce anxiety.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said the games delivered a form of “cognitive behavioura­l therapy” (CBT) on devices which may appeal to children.

It follows fears of a rise in mental health issues among children who grew up during lockdown. One in six children in England aged six to 16 have a probable mental health condition.

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