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Address poverty to reduce mental health problems among children, says BMA

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1471
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. London

    Governments in the United Kingdom must tackle poverty and deprivation to stem the increase in mental health problems among children, says a report from the BMA.

    One in 10 children between the ages of 1 and 15 years has a clinically recognisable mental health disorder, a survey in 2004 by the Office for National Statistics found. In real terms this indicates that 1.1 million children under the age of 18 in England would benefit from specialty services. And there is evidence that childhood mental health problems are “gradually increasing,” says the report.

    Children from poor backgrounds, children in care, children of asylum seekers, and children who have witnessed domestic violence are at higher risk of developing mental health problems, says …

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