Growing crisis in children and young people’s mental health demands action
Young people face unprecedented social pressures, leading to serious psychological distress. Society’s response has been inadequate.
Self-harm among young people, particularly girls, has rocketed in the last decade. The number of girls admitted to hospital after cutting themselves has quadrupled, incidents of poisoning have risen by more than 40%, and demand for university counselling services has mushroomed. Behind these figures are young people and families struggling to cope with toxic levels of mental distress.