The Children's Society and Barnardos examined how factors at 10 and 11 can affect children's mental health at 14 and 15. With half of all mental health problems starting by 14, addressing problems at 10 would make an enormous difference. Children with poor family relationships aged 10 are far more likely to have mental health problems like depression and anxiety by 14. Bullying, body image and school life matter too.
As the Government introduces new mental health leads in schools, these individuals should be trained to spot and act on problems early that can harm children¹s mental health. We also want to see more advice and services for parents worried about their teenager¹s mental health.
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Larissa Pople