Responding to research which shows a six-fold increase in children and young people saying they have a mental health condition over the last two decades, Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“It is worrying to hear so many more young people struggling, though we must take the positive that many people feel more able to talk freely about their mental health.
“What is absolutely critical is that we are in a position to give the right support to every child or young person that needs it at the earliest possible stage.
“We recognise there is work that needs to be done – investment is planned to increase the number of children and young people with a mental problem accessing treatment to 35% in 2020/21. Clearly we have a long way to go before all children with mental health problems get the help they need.
“NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens named children and young people’s mental health has one of the priorities which will form the core part of the long-term plan and it is essential the sector gets investment.”