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The Mental Health of Children and Young People Webinar

Following the successful, 'How Is My Mental Health Webinar', Why Sports team up with the leading organisations across the UK to discuss the mental health of children and young people.

COVID-19 has undoubtedly had an impact on our children. Rehearsed routines have had to be re-learned, home life altered and future ambitions compromised. With the added pressures of school life, social life and the ever-growing need to push the 'like' button, our children are being driven to unhealthy behaviours.

This much-anticipated webinar will uncover the truths about the mental fragility of the nations children and young people. Although we adore our children, do we know what they are thinking or how they really feel? Is their mental health and wellbeing at the top of our agendas or 'are they ok?'

The Facts:

One in six school-aged children has a mental health problem. This is an alarming rise from one in ten in 2004 and one in nine in 2017.

Common mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, are increasing amongst 16-24-year-olds, with 19% reporting to have experienced them in 2014, compared to 15% in 1993.

About one in twenty (4.6%) 5-19-year-olds has a behavioural disorder, with rates higher in boys than girls.

Two-thirds of children with a mental health problem have had contact with professional services.

Pupils who have a mental health problem are more likely to be excluded from school than their peers.

Research suggests that school exclusions are linked to long-term mental health problems.

Children from the poorest 20% of households are four times as likely to have serious mental health difficulties by the age of 11 as those from the wealthiest 20%.

Self-harm is more common among young people than other age groups. 25% of women and 9.7% of men aged 16-24 report that they have self-harmed.

Children and young people with a learning disability are three times more likely than average to have a mental health problem.

75% of adults with a diagnosable mental health problem experience the first symptoms by the age of 24.

"We do not believe that there is a specific time when we should discuss our mental health, it should be all of the time. "

With the alarming rise in mental health conditions across our towns and cities, Why Sports alongside the leading UK organisations; Mind, Sport In Mind, The Mix and Social Chain UK will ask 'why' as a nation we are experiencing such a high spike in mental health conditions amongst the nations children and young people and what we can do to support and reverse the alarming trend.

The Mental Health of Children and Young People

8th July 2021

09:30 - 11:30

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