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One child every six minutes speaks to Childline about mental health issues

Childline received 100 calls a week from youngsters suffering from mental health problems Credit: PA

Almost 100 children suffering from mental health problems caused by abuse contacted Childline every week last year, new figures show.

The NSPCC's free, 24-hour service undertook 85,000 counselling sessions in 2014 to 2015 - one every six minutes - for youngsters with mental health problems, it says in its annual review.

More than 5,000 of those had also sought help for physical or sexual abuse and one in ten calls to the confidential service was about abuse.

One in ten calls to the confidential, free service is about abuse. Credit: PA

Childline also said that "disturbingly" many children felt that they had been left to fend for themselves, saying the number of children unable to get help had doubled.

The report, "Always there when I need you", said there had been a 124% increase in the number of counselling sessions where young people talked about problems accessing services since the previous year.

The road to recovery from abuse is long and often children are crying out to ChildLine because they have no one else left to turn to.

Thousands of vulnerable children - many of whom have been abused - are silently coping with serious issues that leave them racked with worry when instead they should be getting help to rebuild their childhoods.

We risk failing a generation of children if we leave them without the vital support they need to recover.

– Peter Wanless, the NSPCC chief executive