Helping Young People and Children with Mental Health
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people; including depression, anxiety
and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their daily lives.
Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem
have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
Teenagers often experience emotional turmoil as their minds and bodies develop. An important part of
growing up is working out and accepting who you are. Some young people find it hard to make this
transition to adulthood and may experiment with alcohol, drugs or other substances that can affect
For children, the emotional wellbeing is just as important as their physical health with good mental
health allowing them, as with young people, to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws
at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
Many people with mental health issue often find it difficult to confide in someone close to them so
professionals support is always a viable alternative.
Young people can seek help on their own; either by ringing a helpline or by approaching a
professional directly and they will always have the right to privacy.
But, it is important to know that consent is usually needed for medical care if they are under-16.