Young women are receiving more mental health help than men

A new NHS report has revealed more women under the age of 18 received secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism services than men in the last year.

11% of women aged 16-17 were in contact with such services, compared to 8% of men.

There were 328,000 people under the age of 14 in contact with NHS-funded secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism services in the past year. This means that they were referred to a specialist by a doctor to be treated for such illnesses.

10,000 people under 18 years of age from South Yorkshire were registered as having used these services.

Overall, 2.6 million people were treated for serious and complex psychiatric disorders last year, amounting to 4.8% of the population. These figures are 36% more than in 2014-15. Despite this, the number of people admitted to hospital has gone down by 30%.

21% of people in contact with these mental health services were under 18 years of age.

This was the first time that the annual mental health report has included children and young people in their studies.