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(UK) "Psychiatrists...welcomed the growing number of [mental health] referrals"; 400K/yr

July 12, 2018, Guardian: Sharp rise in under-19s being treated by NHS mental health services https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/12/sharp-rise-in-under-19s-being-treated-by-nhs-mental-health-services Almost 400,000 children and young people a year in England are being treated for mental health problems, the highest number ever, NHS figures show. There were a total of 389,727 “active referrals” for people aged 18 or younger in April, a third higher than the same month two year ago, according to the latest statistics published by NHS Digital. The number seeking help for conditions such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders is rising sharply. Almost 50,000 children and young people a month are being referred, mainly by their GP, for mental health treatment. About 900 of those referrals are because of an eating disorder, mainly anorexia nervosa. … The mental health charity Young Minds said the figures underlined the huge demand for help from children and young people who were struggling mentally but were an underestimate of the true scale of need. Experts have warned that there is an unfolding crisis in young people’s mental health linked to increased pressure to do well at school, body image issues, the influence of social media and difficult family backgrounds. Tom Madders, Young Mind’s campaigns director, said: “These figures are a stark reminder of the extent of the mental health crisis, with more children than ever before accessing services … We know that many more families can’t get the support they need. “Every day we hear from parents whose children have waited months for an assessment, been turned down for treatment or been told by their GPs that there’s no point asking for a referral because services in their area are so overstretched.”… Psychiatrists specialising in children’s and young people’s mental health welcomed the growing number of referrals as a sign that more were being treated, but that the NHS mental health workforce was too small to treat all those seeking help. Dr Bernadka Dubicka, the chair of the child and adolescent faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “It is great to see that more and more young people are having their mental health problems identified … Mental health is clearly becoming less taboo, and services are becoming more accessible. …