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One in eight chil­dren in Eng­land is liv­ing with a men­tal health prob­lem, ac­cord­ing to a re­port that shows an in­crease in the con­di­tions over the last decade. In a class of 30 chil­dren, this means four could be ex­pected to be con­tend­ing with emo­tional dis­or­ders, such as de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety, be­havioural or hy­per­ac­tive dis­or­ders that are im­pact­ing their well­be­ing.

Among pre-school chil­dren, one in 18 (5.5 per cent) now have at least one dis­or­der, which has col­lected data for young chil­dren and older teens for the first time. It was re­leased within hours of a sep­a­rate re­port by the chil­dren’s com­mis­sioner’s of­fice that warned spend­ing on adults’ men­tal health is three times higher than on chil­dren’s. Un­met sup­port needs can put chil­dren at risk and af­fect their suc­cess in later life, the authors of the re­port said, af­ter find­ing that a quar­ter of 11- to 16-year-olds with a men­tal health dis­or­der had self-harmed or at­tempted sui­cide. Among teens aged 17 to 19 with a dis­or­der, that fig­ure is as high as 46.8 per cent, with young women the most at risk.

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