Young People And Mental Health

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"50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age." RISK FACTORS TO EXPERIENCE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS Certain risk factors can make some children and young people more likely to experience mental health problems than others. However, experiencing them doesn’t mean a child will definitely – or even probably – go on to have mental health problems. These factors include: 1. Having a long-term physical illness. 2. A parent who has had mental health problems, problems with alcohol or has been in trouble with the law. 3. The death of someone close to them. 4. Parents who separate or divorce. 5. Experiencing severe bullying or physical or sexual abuse. 6. Poverty or homelessness. 7. Experiencing discrimination. 8. Taking on adult responsibilities. 9. Having long-lasting difficulties at school. SOME MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT AFFECT CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE 1. DEPRESSION Depression affects more children and young people today than in the last few decades. Teenagers are more likely to experience depression than young children. 2. ADHD Children who are consistently overactive, impulsive and have difficulty paying attention may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 3. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can follow physical or sexual abuse, witnessing something extremely frightening or traumatising, being the victim of violence or severe bullying or surviving a disaster. 4. Eating disorders usually start in the teenage years and are more common in girls than boys. The number of young people who develop an eating disorder is small, but eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can have serious consequences for their physical health and development. WAY OUT If you’re a young person and you’re worried about your mental health, there is help available. You may want to try the following things. 1. Talk to someone about how you feel, such as a parent, friend or adult you trust. 2. Get in touch with services and organisations that help people with mental health problems. 3. Visit your healthcare provider. They can answer any questions you have about how you’re feeling, talk you through different support options, and refer you to other services who could give you more help. #YSMANG

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