Thousands of UK children younger than 10 treated for depression

It was reported this week that 4,391 children under the age of 10 had been treated for depression in the last five years in two NHS trusts in England. The freedom of information request covered only two out of sixty mental health trusts, meaning that the number across the country will be much higher.

Although the numbers of children requiring treatment for mental health issues are continuing to increase budgets for early intervention services are being cut. A spokesperson for the charity Young Minds said that increasing the budget for children and young people’s mental health services should be a priority – as currently only 0.7% of the overall NHS budget is spent in this area.

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