Mental Health News Round Up
A third of children's mental health workers say their service is facing cuts or closure; university dropouts due to mental health problems treble and the number of young girls hospitalised because of self-harm quadruples.
Our round up of May's key mental health news stories, affecting children and young people.
Number of young people receiving mental health support rises to 240,000
Figures published by the NHS show that at the end of February this year, there were 240,020 under-19s in contact with mental health services. Children and Young People Now
A third of children's mental health workers say their service is facing cuts or closure
New survey reveals that a third of children's mental health workers say their service is facing cuts or closure. And 84 per cent said it has become more difficult for children to access the help they need, with children now required to have more severe levels of illness in order to get help. The Independent
University dropouts due to mental health problems treble
Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency shows record numbers of students who experienced mental ill health left courses early in 2014-15, up 210% from 2009-10. The Guardian
Number of young girls hospitalised because of self-harm quadruples
Figures from NHS Digital show the number of girls aged 12 and below hospitalised for self-harming has increased almost fourfold in the last five years. The Express
Stress of exams takes heavy toll on teenage girls
The number of teenage girls who say they feel under pressure to perform well at school has almost doubled in the past decade, according to a survey. The Times