The statistics about children and young people with mental health issues are chilling

  • Over one million children and young people  aged 5-16 have a diagnosable mental disorder – that’s one in ten or three in every classroom
  • A staggering 80% of children who show behavioural problems at the age of 5 go on to develop more serious anti-social behaviour
  • Around 1 in 12 young people deliberately self-harm themselves with 25,000 being admitted to hospital due to the severity of their injuries
  • Most mental health issues have their roots in childhood - with 75% of adults first experiencing mental health problems in childhood

Why is mental illness such a huge problem in children?

Children can be affected by abuse, bullying, bereavement and by domestic violence.  Added to this children are facing new social issues in their communities such as widespread drug and alcohol misuse and a greater number of broken homes and reconstituted families. The list goes on...
 
Often the first time mental health issues come to light are in late teenage years and in adulthood when it is much harder to unpick and do something about it.  The cost is then huge.  Despite evidence to say that early support will reduce the long term impact of mental illness, just 0.6% of the NHS budget is committed to it.
 
Children need appropriate love, boundaries and discipline to help them understand the world around them and adults are the ones to provide that guidance.
 
The results of the recent Prince’s Trust Youth Index confirm that structure and stability form the cornerstones of children’s worlds, and that those with firm foundations are more likely to do better at school.
 
So our programme focuses on children and young people’s mental health, focussing on early intervention projects. 
 
Quite simply, the earlier the intervention, the better the outcome for absolutely everyone.