The percentage of primary school pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs is broadly similar across Cambridgeshire to the rest of England, although the rate is lower in Peterborough. At secondary level the percentage in both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is lower.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are areas of considerable growth, based on national estimates it is thought that the number of young people aged 5-17 years with a diagnosable mental health problem will increase by approximately 1,062 before 2021. Increases are expected to be highest in Peterborough and Cambridge City, with 12% and 11% increases respectively by 2021. Peterborough is forecast to see the greatest rise in 5-10 year olds compared to 2016, with an increase of 10% by 2021. The biggest growth in 11-17 year olds is likely to be in Cambridge City (21% compared to 2016) whereas the number of 18-25 year olds is predicted to fall by 5% across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
It is predicted to rise over the next few years: