The number of children being seen with mental health issues in mid and south Essex has increased by around 70 per cent in just four months.
Similarly, a general surge in demand for mental health services in mid and south Essex is likely to top more than 132,770 additional cases – largely driven by people needing support due to the wider impact of COVID-19.
The figures presented to Essex County Council’s health overview policy and scrutiny committee on Wednesday, December 2 comes amidst a backdrop of increasing pressures and anxieties caused by the coronavirus crisis.
North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT ) forecast that the mental health surge in the next six months could be as high as 10 per cent.
Along with other mental health organisations, NELFT is beginning to identify that the mental health surge includes a cohort of patients that are new to the service, or have not been engaged with secondary health services for a number of years and are presenting with complex…
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