Mental health statistics

Young people have been great at opening up conversations about mental health. Many talk openly on social media about personal struggles. They've moved society forward, reduced the stigma surrounding mental health and made it a public issue. 

We still don't know the exact number of young people with mental health issues but here are some of the stats behind the stories.

mental health statistics 2020

1 in 6

children aged 5-16 likely to have a mental health problem


of all mental health problems start by the age of 14


of young people with mental health problems aren't being treated

introduction to mental health

girl looks happily into the distance

Children and young people have a lot going on in their lives. They battle with identity, friendships, belonging. For Generation Z or 'Generation Covid', it's even tougher.

They've had to deal with school closures, not seeing friends, youth unemployment, climate crisis, uncertain futures. Is it a surprise that the mental health of young people is getting worse?

Five children in a classroom of 30 are likely to have a mental health problem.

In the last three years, the likelihood of young people having a mental health problem has increased by 50%. In 2017, one in nine children was likely to have a mental health problem, now it's one in six.

gender mental health differences

17 to 22

year old women are the group most at risk of developing a mental health problem


of young people referred into NHS mental health services are not accepted into treatment


of the young people we work with need help with their mental health and well-being

Stories behind the statistics

A high number of young people come to us when they want to improve their mental health. Our drop-in services offer a place to talk about relationships, build confidence, learn how to cope with stress and anxiety. They enable young people to cope with life's challenges.

However, there are not enough services like these across the country. Recent mental health figures show that only a small percentage of young people with mental health problems are being seen. Without support at the right time. young people become disengaged with the world around them and struggle to cope.

Our practitioners helped thousands of young people last year but there will be many who we couldn't reach. The Government need to do more. They need to make improving young people's mental health and well-being a priority