Dear Care Quality Commission,
I'm enquiring as to whether there are any figures for the amount (or percentage) of students (or teenagers/young adults in general) suffering from mental illnesses in general, as well as specifics for depression, eating disorders, and/or anxiety disorders.
Our Ref: CQC IAT 1718 0734
Dear S Brooke
I write in response to your correspondence of 23 January 2018 in which you
asked for the following information:
“I'm enquiring as to whether there are any figures for the amount (or
percentage) of students (or teenagers/young adults in general) suffering
from mental illnesses in general, as well as specifics for depression,
eating disorders, and/or anxiety disorders.”
The Information Access team has now coordinated a response to your
CQC has considered your request in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Our main obligation under the legislation is
to confirm whether we do or do not hold the requested information.
In accordance with section 1(1) of FOIA we are able to confirm that CQC
does not hold recorded information in relation to this matter. CQC
regulate and inspect health and social care in England. We can also
investigate complaints about the use of powers or how duties have been
carried out under the Mental Health Act. However, we do not collate data
on the mental health diagnoses of patients. However, we have recently
carried out a review of children and young people’s mental health services
that you may find of interest – please see below.
You may be able to find the information you require by contacting the
Royal Colleges or academic press or independent charities such as the
Review of children and young people's mental health services: Phase one
The report of the first phase of a Government-commissioned review of
mental health services for children and young people in England was
published on 27 October 2017. You can view it via the link above.
The report is the first phase of a major thematic review requested by the
Prime Minister in January 2017. CQC has drawn on existing reports,
research and other evidence and its inspections of children and young
people’s mental health services, as well as conversations with young
people to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current system.
The report confirms many of the issues raised in the Five Year Forward
View for Mental Health published in 2016 and in particular, comments on
the difficulties children and young people face in accessing appropriate
support for their mental health concerns from a system that is fragmented
and where services vary in quality.
This report is the beginning of our review and lays the foundations for
our next steps.
In the next phase of our review, we will look at what could be done to
make it easier to improve access and quality.
We will visit 10 local areas to carry out fieldwork. We will ask how we
can ensure that all partners make their unique contribution and work
together so that children, young people, their families and carers have
timely access to high-quality mental health care.
We will make full recommendations when we publish our thematic review in
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