Day 168

Childhood and teenage years are when mental health is developed and patterns are set for the future. So a child with good mental health is much more likely to have good mental health as an adult, and to be able to take on adult responsibilities and fulfill their potential.

Sadly, the society we live in can be bad news for the mental health of our children and young people in the UK.

  • Family breakdown is widespread.
  • There is so much pressure to have access to money, the perfect body and lifestyle.
  • Consumerism controls young people and 24 hour social networking and what young people can access from a young age never lets up.
  • Violence is rife in many communities and fear of crime a constant source of distress for thousands of young people.
  • Schools are getting more and more like exam factories, university entry ever more competitive and expensive and 1 in 5 16-24 year olds are unemployed.


  • Three children in every classroomhas a diagnosable mental health disorder (and that’s just the ones that have been diagnosed)
  • One in five young adults show signs of an eating disorder
  • One in 12 deliberately harm themselves(and 25,000 of them are hospitalised each year because of this)
  • Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression

YoungMinds is UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences they campaign, research and influence policy and practice.


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