Mental Health crisis grips England: 1 in 5 children grappling with probable mental disorders

A new report, published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), has revealed worrying statistics about the mental health of children and young people
in England.

The report is based on NHS survey on Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2023, which showed that one in five children and young individuals
aged eight to 25 were grappling with probable mental disorders.

The report highlighted that 20.3 per cent of eight to 16-year-olds showed signs of mental distress in 2023. Among 17 to 19-year-olds, the proportion rose to
23.3 per cent, while in 20 to 25-year-olds, it stood at 21.7 per cent.

The rates of probable mental disorders were similar for boys and girls, while for 17- to 25-year-olds, rates were twice as high for young women than young men.