Mental Health – Children & Young people

Mental health claims for children and young people up 25% since 2022

Aviva has observed a significant 25% increase in mental health claims from children and young people through its group healthcare schemes in 2023, compared to the previous year. This rise reflects a broader trend, with one in five individuals aged eight to 25 identified as having a probable mental health disorder as of November 2023.

The majority of these claims, particularly among children under 16, were from females, constituting 71% of the total. However, there was also a notable increase in claims among young males, continuing the trend from 2022. Anxiety remains the predominant issue, driving 80% of the claims in 2023, with an increased demand for psychiatric services, especially among those who self-harm.

Adult mental health claims have also seen a 20% rise in 2023, with anxiety and depression being the leading causes. Many parents are seeking advice on supporting their children’s mental health, indicating a wider family impact.

Dr Suba M, medical director at Aviva UK Health, highlighted the lasting impact of recent uncertainties on children’s mental health and the ripple effect on families. Dr. Suba emphasized the importance of support for both parents and children, stating, “If extra care is needed, our mental health pathways offer personalised, evidence-based support that helps the individual understand what’s causing their mental health problems, and offers coping mechanisms and ongoing support to help them take control of the situation and get on the road to recovery.”

Aviva is addressing this issue by providing webinars for parents to recognise early signs of mental health issues in their children and equipping them with the tools to discuss mental health and offer the necessary support.

Source – The Intermed

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