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Summary of Mental Health & Wellbeing of England’s Children & Young People, 2020

In this video we present an infographic on the key points from two key government reports: DfE State of the Nation report, into children & young people’s wellbeing, 2020 & NHS Digital Mental Health of C&YP Wave 1 follow up (2020):



NHS Digital Mental Health Facts

  • An increase since 2017 of all 5-16 year olds having a probable mental disorder, up from 10.8% to 16%, increased for both boys and girls. Of 5-11 year olds, the increase was significant in boys (but not girls). Generally the level of probable mental disorders increases with age 

  • Probable mental disorder levels are higher among white ethnic background C&YP (18.8%) compared to BAME (7.5%). Levels are increasing most among white than BAME

  • Probable mental disorder levels are higher among children & YP in poorer households, most deprived quintile, (20%),  (15.2% average, compared to 20.5%)

  • Where the parent has psychological distress, there is increased likelihood that the child will have probable mental disorder (30.2% v 9.3%). This has increased from 23.2% in 2017

  • C&YP with a probable mental disorder were more likely to be living in a family who reported problems with family functioning (28.3%), compared to children who were unlikely to have a mental disorder (11.7%). This was found for both boys and girls.

  • 28.5% of 5-22 year olds reported having had sleep problems in the past 7 days, with more girls than boys reporting them (32.4% and 24.7%). Young people (aged 17 to 22 years) were more likely to experience sleep problems than younger children (41.0%, compared with 18.6% of 5 to 10 year olds and 26.4% of 11 to 16 year olds)

  • Sleep problems were more common among C&YP with a probable mental disorder than those unlikely to have a mental disorder. 11 to 16 year olds with a probable mental disorder, 50.5% reported sleep problems compared with 19.1% of those unlikely to have a mental disorder