More and more schoolchildren are struggling to cope with their mental health. Amidst rising rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm in children and young people,the UK is launching its new Make it Count campaign, because mental health is not extracurricular.
Good mental health is fundamental to be able to thrive in life. If we’re not tackling mental health problems early, then we risk failing the next generation right at the start of their lives.
- More than 1 in 10 children aged 10-15 say they have no one to talk to or wouldn’t talk to anyone in school if they feel worried or sad. This is the same proportion of children who have a diagnosable mental health problem.
- Research shows that 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and 75% are established by age 24.
- Young people in the UK are dealing with high levels of stress. This is largely due to pressure to succeed, body image and exams.