Mental health problems affect about 10% of children and young people in the UK, equating to around 850,000 individuals across the country. The impact of mental ill-health is well-documented: children and young people with mental health problems are more likely to experience educational difficulties, eating disorders, and self-harm. Added to this, research shows that the majority of adult mental health problems begin in childhood. Understanding what leads to human flourishing and tackling mental ill-health early is essential if we are to improve the wellbeing of children, and give them every opportunity to fulfil their potential as adults.
Led by Philippa Stroud, our Adolescent Mental Health programme examines how we can equip families and schools to provide the emotional and practical support needed to enable the next generation to flourish.