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.
MORE DETAILED STATISTICS
A more detailed analysis of the figures on depression, conduct disorders and anxiety in children are listed below.
- 9.6% or nearly 850,000 children and young people aged between 5-16 years have a mental disorder
- 7.7% or nearly 340,000 children aged 5-10 years have a mental disorder
- 11.5% or about 510,000 young people aged between 11-16 years have a mental disorder
- 3.3% or about 290,000 children and young people have an anxiety disorder
- 2.2% or about 96,000 children have an anxiety disorder
- 4.4% or about 195,000 young people have an anxiety disorder
- 0.9% or nearly 80,000 children and young people are seriously depressed
- 0.2% or about 8,700 aged 5-10 year-olds are seriously depressed.
- 1.4% or about 62,000 aged 11-16 year-olds are seriously depressed.
- 5.8% or just over 510,000 children and young people have a conduct disorder
- 4.9% or nearly 215,000 children have a conduct disorder
- 6.6% or just over 290,000 young people have a conduct disorder
HYPERKINETIC DISORDER (SEVERE ADHD)
- 1.5% or just over 132,000 children and young people have severe ADHD
- 1.6% or about 70,000 children have severe ADHD
- 1.4% or about 62,000 young people have severe ADHD