From BBC News: The number of antidepressants prescribed to children in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland has risen over the past three years, figures obtained by BBC’s File on 4 reveal.
In England, there was a 15% rise. Scotland saw a 10% increase. And in Northern Ireland, the number rose by 6%. In total, there were 950,000 prescriptions issued between April 2015 and March 2018. Experts have linked the rise to waits for specialist mental health services. Antidepressants should be prescribed to children only under close supervision.