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Child mental health issues 'missed'

Thousands of young people may be "slipping through the net" because adults do not spot the warning signs of mental health problems, experts warn.

MindEd, a new website, backed by groups including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, is being launched to raise awareness.

A survey of 2,100 adults found a third were unsure of signs of depression in children.

More than 850,000 children in the UK have a mental health problem.

The survey, carried out on behalf of the child and adolescent mental health groups behind MindEd, also found half of those questioned would be worried about saying anything if they did suspect there was a problem, for fear of being mistaken.

POSSIBLE WARNING SIGNS

  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Waking early
  • Excessive boredom
  • Poor concentration

Two-thirds would back extra government investment in children's mental health services to equip professionals with the skills to identify and treat these children earlier.

Posted by: on March 25th, 2014 @ 09:43 AM

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