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Anxiety: Young People

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 40876, tabled on 20 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what resources his Department has allocated to help the treatment of anxiety disorders amongst young people.

Answered on

5 September 2022

We are investing at least an additional £2.3 billion a year into mental health services by 2023/24, which will allow an additional 345,000 children and young people to access mental health support, including for anxiety disorders.

In 2021/22, we provided an additional £500 million to expand mental health service provision and to target groups whose mental health have been most affected by the pandemic, including young people. Of this, £79 million was allocated to children’s mental health services to accelerate the launch of mental health support teams in schools and colleges. These teams provide interventions for mild to moderate mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Mental health support teams are currently available for approximately 25% of pupils, with a planned increase to 35% by 2023/24.