Extent of mental health crisis in England at ‘terrifying’ level

Psychiatrists warn of overrun NHS after record number of children and adults sought help amid pandemic

England is “in the grip of a mental health crisis” because of the Covid pandemic, with under-18s suffering the most, psychiatrists are to warn on Friday.

Record numbers of children and adults sought NHS help last year for problems such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders, or because they ended up in a mental health crisis.

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