Under new guidelines, questions on screen use will be core part of NHS psychiatric assessments for young people

Children and young people with mental health problems will be routinely asked about their use of social media under new guidance being issued to NHS psychiatrists.

Under-18s seeking help with conditions such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders will be questioned to see whether using Facebook, Instagram or other platforms is causing or exacerbating their illness.

The mental health charity Mind can be contacted on 0300 123 3393. Parents worried about their child can call YoungMinds on 0808 802 5544. If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis, text YM to 85258

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