Mental Health

WHO defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

Worldwide 10-20% of children & adolescents experience mental disorders.

Half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and three-quarters by mid-20s.

Neuropsychiatric conditions are the leading cause of disability in young people in all regions.

If untreated, mental health problems severely influence children’s development, their educational attainments and their potential to live fulfilling and productive lives.

Children with mental disorders face major challenges with stigma, isolation and discrimination, as well as lack of access to health care and education facilities, in violation of their fundamental human rights.

Depression is the third leading cause of illness and disability among adolescents, and suicide is the third leading cause of death in older adolescents (15–19 years).

The Statistics

Mental health is a big issue for young people
It has a big impact in adulthood

Young People need more Support

3 in 4 children with a diagnosable mental health condition do not get access to the support that they need.

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The average maximum waiting time nationally for a first appointment with CAMHS and nearly 10 months until the start of treatment

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CAMHS is turning away nearly a quarter of children referred to them for treatment by concerned parents, GPs, teachers and others.

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Just 0.7% of the NHS budget is spent on children’s mental health and only 16% of this is spent on early intervention.

Help us to help them

If you are able to help YPCS by volunteering, making a donation or through corporate support please get in touch with us today.

Young People’s Counselling Service
The Jenner Health Centre
1 Turners Lane
Peterborough
PE7 1EJ

Phone: 0800 634 4395
E-mail: Admin@ypcs.uk


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