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A consortium led by Young Minds has found that one in ten children and young people in the UK aged between 5 and 16 have a diagnosable mental health problem, and one in five of these have more than one of the main types of mental health difficulty.


Children and adolescents with learning disabilities are over six times more likely to have a diagnosable psychological disorder than their peers who do not have learning disabilities. 70 % children with ASD will have a mental health concern at some point in their life and 40% will have two or more.

Children experiencing a mental health problem require specialised support from a therapist who is qualified and experienced in working with young people with learning disabilities.