One in eight students have a mental health disorder, official NHS figures confirm

The true scale of the mental health crisis among young people has been revealed for the first time by official NHS statistics.

They show 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 finds 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.

The statistics show a clear link between mental health problems and the use of social media. There are also concerning links with exclusion and truancy.

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