What are the most common mental health problems young people face…

Mental health disorders that are most frequent in the teenage years include those associated with: anxiety and depression, eating disorders, serious antisocial behaviour, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and self-harm.  Teenage years are also the age when rarer psychotic disorders can emerge: half of all lifetime cases of psychiatric disorders start by age 14…Read moreRead more

Child poverty makes mental illness more likely

11 year olds from the lowest income families are 4.5 times more likely to experience severe mental health problems when compared to those from the highest income families. See the Mental Health Foundation’s Fundamental Facts  @mentalhealth (more…)

Young people’s mental health matters…

Half of all lifetime cases of psychiatric disorders start by age 14 and three quarters by age 24. Some estimates suggest the majority start before age 18 See the Association for Young People’s Health  @AYPHcharity (more…)

Quarter of Girls at Depressed at 14

New research shows a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14. Researchers from UCL Institute of Education and the University of Liverpool looked at information on more than 10,000 children born in 2000-01 who are taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study.  Based on the 14-year-olds reporting…Read moreRead more

Young women are more likely to report anxiety and depression

A quarter of young women age 16-24 show symptoms of depression or anxiety. Young women are “significantly more likely” to report they are suffering from anxiety or depression than their male counterparts, statistics have revealed, raising concerns that a high number of young women working in low-paid and insecure jobs is leading to a severe…Read moreRead more

Self-harm is one of the top causes for hospital admission

Self harm is one of the top five causes for hospital admission:  that is at least 150,000 casualty attendees a year according to a report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  Between 1/4 and 1/3 of young women report self-harming between the ages 15-24. See this article in the Telegraph (more…)