A lot of people tend to forget that children can also struggle with their mental health and it is important that we acknowledge this.
In a report from the NHS in 2013, it was stated that not all of the budget given to the NHS for mental health resources went to those areas. It was also stated that the distribution of expenses between adult mental health resources and children’s mental health resource was far from equal – with 10.6 billion going towards adult mental health and only 0.7 billion went towards children’s mental health (2012/2013)
The rate of mental health disorders increases with age – 5.5% of two to four-year-olds experienced a mental disorder (2017), compared to 16.7% of seventeen to nineteen-year-olds.
Early intervention is so important. The sooner we can identify the symptoms of mental health disorders in our friends, family members, loved ones and children, the better the chance of recovery.
Only 1 in 4 children with a mental health disorder report to have been referred to a mental health specialist. We need to be supporting children and young people as much as possible. They are our future.
This was just a very brief post, but if you would like to read more about children and mental health you can do so here!