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Children & Young People’s Mental Health statistics

Children & Young People’s Mental Health statistics

YoungMinds have published key statistics about children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.

  • 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 - 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder - that is around three children in every class 
  • Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm
  • There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68% 
  • More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time
  • Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression
  • Over 8,000 children aged under 10 years old suffer from severe depression 
  • 72% of children in care have behavioural or emotional problems - these are some of the most vulnerable people in our society 
  • 95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder. Many of them are struggling with more than one disorder 
  • The number of young people aged 15-16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s 
  • The proportion of young people aged 15-16 with a conduct disorder more than doubled between 1974 and 1999 

There is Key Data on Adolescence 2013 from the Association for Young People's Health available here which has a section, Chapter 6, dedicated to Mental Health.

CLICK HERE for a more detailed analysis of the figures on depression, conduct disorders and anxiety in children.

 

 

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