Aviva's mental health claims for children and young people rise 25%

Need for psychiatry continues upward trend

Jaskeet Briah
clock • 1 min read

Aviva has reported a 25% year-on-year increase in the number of children and young people who sought support last year via its mental health pathway.

The provider's mental health pathway is available to employees and their named dependents aged 12 years and older, who are covered on an Aviva  Solutions or Otimum private medical insurance scheme, who have opted for the mental health pathway benefit. Anxiety has been the primary reason for claims among children and young people over recent years, accounting for 80% of all cases in 2023. There was also an increased demand for psychiatry in under 16s last year, which Aviva said is typically provided when a child self-harms. More females used Aviva's mental health pathway than males,...

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