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Bucks Mental Health Support Team

One  in 10 children between the ages of five-16 years, or three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem.

It is estimated that half of all mental health problems manifest before the age of 14 years, with 25% enduring mental health conditions being present by the age of 24 years.

The most recent survey published by NHS Digital in 2018 found that 12.5% of five to 19 year olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed (2017), and 5% met the criteria for 2 or more mental disorders.

One in 12 (8.1%) five to 19-year olds had an emotional disorder like anxiety or depression.

Children and young people spend most of their time in education, therefore school staff are well suited to support the early identification of mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties.

Ensuring children and young people have the right support at the right time can have a significant impact on physical and mental health (green paper reference).