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Mental health in England

The continued rise of Children’s Mental Health Problems

Mental Health in the UK

Mental health problems among children in the UK have become a growing concern in recent years. According to statistics, 5 children in a classroom of 30 are likely to have a mental health problem. This means that one in every six children may be struggling with their mental wellbeing.¹


Mental health problems in children can manifest in various forms, such as anxiety, depression, and behavioural issues, among others.


It’s a known fact that the earlier mental health problems are identified, the easier it is to treat and manage them. 

Early Diagnosis is key

Unfortunately, mental health issues in children are often overlooked, and by the time they are recognised, the child may have already suffered for a prolonged period. Findings by Kessler et al (2005) suggest that 50% of all mental health issues start by the age of 14.²


This highlights the need for early intervention and timely treatment for children who are struggling with their mental wellbeing.

Mental health statistics in England

More funding is required

Unfortunately, not all children who are referred to NHS services for mental health care are accepted into treatment. According to recent statistics, 34% of those who get referred into NHS services are not accepted into treatment⁴, which is a concerning figure. 

The lack of resources and funding for mental health services in the UK is a major issue, and this is one of the reasons why many children who need help are not able to get it.

Mental health statistics in England

Child Referrals

The increasing number of child referrals for mental health care in England has been a cause for alarm. In the last year alone, child referrals have gone up by 39%, which is a significant increase.³

This can be attributed to several factors, such as the increasing awareness of mental health problems, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health, and the increasing pressure on children to perform well in academics and other areas of life.

Mental health statistics in England

“13 months later and we’re still waiting for support”

Read Ruth and Isabella’s story on spotting anxiety and waiting for NHS support

Spotting Anxiety in my 6-year-old​

In conclusion, the rise of children's mental health problems in the UK is a worrying trend that needs to be addressed immediately. 


Early intervention and timely treatment are crucial in managing mental health problems in children. The government and other organisations need to invest in resources and funding for mental health services so that every child who needs help can get it. We hope that the introduction of the Stix Mindfulness Remotes to families around the UK starts to show positive effects on children's wellbeing, providing access to wellbeing activities to families whilst they wait for mental health care services.

1. Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2020: NHS digial, 22 October 2020;


2 Kessler RC, Berglund P, Demler O, Jin R, Merikangas KR, Walters EE. (2005). Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62 (6) pp. 593-602. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.62.6.593.




4. Waiting in line, The Children’s Society, 1 February 2021;

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