One third of young people in UK suffer mental health problems

British teenagers are increasingly depressed, unable to focus and finding it hard to sleep.

Lydia Morrish
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Why this story matters:

Mental health is being talked about more than ever. But a growing awareness of it is not solving the root causes, it would seem.

New research has found that one in three British teenagers is suffering from mental health problems.

But long waiting times for treatment, lack of support at schools and an increasingly complex society is resulting in growing problems for many.

Details from the story:

  • The survey by charity Action for Children found one third of British teenagers aged 15 to 18 were suffering from problems such as anxiety, depression and inability to sleep.
  • The charity warned that if children are not given the help they need early on, they will face higher levels of mental health problems in adulthood.
  • Commentators and critics blame government policy and lack of support in schools for the rise.
  • Julie Bentley, Action for Children's chief executive, said: "It's troubling that so many of our young people are dealing with issues of depression and anxiety -- and all too often alone."
  • Austerity measures have led to drastic cuts in children's metal health services, while issues are reportedly up sixfold in England since 1995.
  • Three-quarters of young people referred to NHS mental health services see their conditions deteriorate while on treatment waiting lists before seeing a doctor, according to a report by charity Young Minds in September.
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