Government Response to the Consultation on Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper and Next Steps

27 Jul 2017
Department for Health and Social Care, Department for Education

Childhood should be the happiest time in a person's life, yet for thousands of children who develop mental illness in childhood or adolescence, the reality can be very different. One in ten (around 850,000) children and young people have a diagnosable mental health condition. These illnesses can have a devastating impact on their physical health, their relationships and their future prospects. The challenge often extends into a person's adult life, with half of all mental health conditions beginning before the age of 14. 

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