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Watch all of Granada Reports' investigation into youth mental health services

This week Granada Reports has been looking into mental health services for young people.

Watch all of the reports by Anna Youssef below and read her blog here.

Our special Granada Reports' investigation revealed children as young as five are being prescribed antidepressants.

A Freedom of Information Request showed in the North West alone there were 76,960 prescriptions for antidepressants issued to under 18’s for the year ending April 2019.

A leading GP said one of the key reasons was the time young people are having to wait for specialist mental health care. He called the problem a ticking time bomb.

The second report focused on the rise in the number of under 18's going to A&E because of mental health problems.

Going to A&E can be a frightening and stressful experience at the best of times.

Now imagine you're a child suffering a mental health crisis and you've been sent there because there's no out-of-hours community care.

That's what faces hundreds of young people in the North West every year.

Latest figures from the charity YoungMinds reveal the number of under 18s going to A & E in crisis has tripled in nine years.

So why has there been such a sharp rise and what's being done to help these young people get their lives back on track?

The final report examined mental health problems for students.

The latest figures show one student takes their own life every four days.

Greater Manchester has Europe's largest student population. University leaders in the region are so worried about the problem they've taken action.

Academics and health professionals have teamed up to create the country's first dedicated help centre for students with severe mental health issues.

We spoke to the people who said it is desperately needed.

If you have been affected by any of the issues discussed in these reports you can find services to help you here.

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