Derby children's mental health fears prompts investigation

2023-09-07 05:27:07  • 2 mins

By Nigel Slater & Greig Watson

BBC News

An investigation into the state of children's mental health has been announced by Derby City Council.

It has been prompted by concerns over the impact of Covid-19 and other social factors, like falling family incomes.

Mental health charity Young Minds reported 67% of 13-25 year olds felt the pandemic would have a long-term negative effect on their mental health.

The investigation is due to report to the city council's cabinet in February 2024.

In a report to the Children, Young People and Skills Scrutiny Review Board, councillors were presented with the Young Minds survey, as well as NHS data showing in England the percentage of children aged between seven and 16 with a probable mental disorder had risen from 12.1% in 2017 to 18% in 2022.

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