KeepHealthCare.ORG – NHS ‘picking up the pieces’ of mental illness epidemic caused by social media
NHS is “picking up the pieces” of an epidemic of mental illness among children, fuelled by social media, the head of the service has warned.
Simon Stevens urged companies like Google and Facebook to take more responsibility for the pressures they place on children.
It follows calls for social media and online gaming firms to have a statutory “duty of care” to protect children from mental ill health, abuse and addictive behaviour.
Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester, Mr Stevens said Britain’s children were hit by a “double epidemic” of mental illness and obesity.