The raft of research that now exists on mental health makes for sobering reading, with young people listing a catalogue of problems and challenges that are making them sad, anxious, depressed and even suicidal.
In November, for example, NHS statistics revealed that 12.8 per cent – roughly one in eight – five to 19-year-olds had at least one mental health disorder when assessed in 2017. This figure rises to 16.9 per cent of 17 to 19-year-olds.
The analysis also found that one in four children aged 11 to 16 with a mental health problem have self-harmed or attempted suicide at some point. This figure rises to almost half of young people aged 17 to 18 with a disorder.
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