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“We found evidence that childhood anxiety problems are associated with worse outcomes in 15 domains of everyday life. This is about risk of persistent mental health problems but also worse outcomes in education, employment and so on. We found that the aggregated national lifetime loss of earnings for children with anxiety problems at the age of 14, who then failed to achieve at least five GCSEs in England, is more than £850 million. That is a conservative estimate and this is only for one year. So you can imagine if you do these similar calculations for every year, then the billions increase. If we intervene sooner rather than later we can save a lot of money later on along the line, not only for the children and their families but also for the whole society.”

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