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Mentally Ill People

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people were diagnosed with mental health problems before the age of (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15 and (d) 20 years in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (200983)

Information is not collected by the Department on the number of children and adults diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

The Office for National Statistics 2004 survey ‘Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain’ looked at the prevalence of mental health disorders. It found that 10 per cent. of young people aged five to 16 years had a clinically diagnosed mental disorder. This was further broken down to 8 per cent. of five to 10-year-olds and 12 per cent. of 11 to 16-year-olds. A copy of this publication is available in the Library.