NHS Digital has published a report looking at the mental health of children and young people in England in 2021 and how this has changed since 2017. Findings from a sample of 3,667 children and young people aged between 6 and 23 years old include: 39% of children aged 6 to 16 experienced a deterioration in their mental health between 2017 and 2021, while 22% saw an improvement; girls aged between 11 and 16 were more likely to have experienced a decline in mental health (43%) than boys the same age (34%). The report also includes statistics on: eating problems; sleeping problems; loneliness; substance misuse; social media; family connectiveness; and the perceived impact of coronavirus restrictions.
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental health has released a podcast discussing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in very young children. The podcast discusses the methodology and findings from research into PTSD, and its implications for professionals working with young children and their families.
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Rate of mental disorders among children remained stable in 2021
Mental health of children and young people in England 2021