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Children and young people's mental health - policy, services, funding and education

Mental health problems which begin in childhood and adolescene lead to significant distress, with a range of negative impacts on individuals and families, and these can continue into adult life unless properly treated. Mental illness in children is common and the majority of adult mental health problems begin in childhood: 50 percent of adult mental health problems (excluding dementia) start before the age of 15, and 75 percent start before the age of 18.The Chief Medical Officer has highlighted that underinvestment in children's and young people's mental health services has a wider cost to society, while effective early treament can help improve individual's attainment and relationships in later life.