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Record number of adolescents in need of psychiatric care


Record number of teens in need of mental health care as doctors attribute crisis to school closings, canceled exams and bans

  • R.The oyal College of Psychiatrists warned of a pandemic that could lead to a "lost" generation
  • 4,615 per 100,000 were referred to child and adolescent mental health services
  • NHS research also shows that one in six children now has a mental health problem

The number of children referred to the NHS with serious mental health problems is higher than ever, according to doctors.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists warned that the pandemic could spawn a “lost” generation who will experience “lifelong” mental illness.

Doctors blamed school closings, canceled exams and bans for the crisis.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists warned that the pandemic could spawn a "lost" generation that will be affected by "lifelong" mental illness (file photo)

The NHS figures showed that the number of teenagers referred to child and adolescent mental health services was 4,615 per 100,000 – the highest number ever recorded.

The numbers have increased by almost 20 percent compared to the previous year.

Dr. Bernadka Dubicka of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “Important events in the lives of these young people will be lost.

"This contributes to a perfect storm of a pre-existing mental health crisis, rising demand and years of underinvestment in child mental health services, meaning children may not get the help they need and potentially a generation through poverty and Lifelong mental health lost leaves disease. & # 39;

Students envisioned a Covid-19 test at the Oasis Academy in Coulsdon, Surrey. Doctors blamed school closings, canceled exams and bans for the crisis

Students envisioned a Covid-19 test at the Oasis Academy in Coulsdon, Surrey. Doctors blamed school closings, canceled exams and bans for the crisis

She also wrote in the Daily Telegraph that half of the college's child psychiatrists reported an increase in emergency or urgent cases.

And NHS research also shows that one in six children now has a mental health problem, up from one in nine years ago.

Dr. Dubicka added, "The effects of school closings, canceled exams and empty lecture halls will continue to have an impact in our communities long after Covid-19 is recorded in the history books."

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