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Young people's mental health

  • 75%of those with a mental health condition start developing it before the age of 18
  • 7 in 10young people with a mental health problem haven't had sufficient help at an early age
  • 3 children in every class have a diagnosable mental health condition

About young people’s mental health

Childhood and teenage years pose all sorts of challenges and pressures that can be difficult to cope with. And young people can experience a range of mental health conditions, sometimes even before starting school. 

This can be worrying for parents, and very distressing for the children affected. They may be left confused about what they are experiencing, or who they can turn to for help.

Many children whose symptoms are spotted early may get the help they need, learning new skills to manage and cope, and go on to live their life to its full potential.

However those who don't get the right diagnosis or support are at a much higher risk of developing more severe problems later in life.

Our research into young people's mental health


Need help?

Children and young people can get help or advice on a mental health problem from NHS Choices. Young Minds also offer a helpline for parents who are concerned about a young person's mental health. 

If you're having a mental health emergency find out who to turn to using our urgent help and advice resource


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