The research in question has revealed that mental health teams in the Sussex area are currently working with in excess of 1,000 under-18s.
In February of this year, the Sussex NHS Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) estimated that it was working with around 330 children under the age of 11, and around 830 children between the ages of 12 and 18 – all suffering from either anxiety or depression.
Whilst the exact reasons behind the increase of young people suffering from depression are unknown, experts believe that children are generally now under more stress and pressure due to unemployment, financial problems and substance abuse among their parents and families.
Child clinical psychologist Barbara Inkson from the Solent NHS trust has said that there has been a visible rise of around 10% per year in referrals of children and young people.
“What is clear is that levels of emotional disorders, including depression as well as anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders, are rising in line with other referrals to CAMHS here in the city,” she said.
Whilst the government have pledged an extra £22m in funding in a bid to tackle child mental health over the next three years, we all need to do what we can right now to tackle this growing problem.
For a child or young person experiencing depression and/or anxiety, early intervention is key. If you are particularly concerned about a young person you know, encourage them to speak up and seek help for their problem and do your best to offer support.
Counselling is a common and succesful treatment method for issues such as these, allowing individuals to discuss their feelings openly and honestly in a confidential environment.
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