Mental health is still a problem amongst young people

  • A report has found that mental health amongst young people in Northern Ireland is still a serious and growing problem.

    A report has been compiled by the Children’s Law Centre and Save the Children and has been endorsed by 58 groups including Barnardos and the NSPCC, reports the BBC. mentalhealth.jpg

    Save The Children chief Peter Bryson said the report shines "an uncomfortable spotlight on how we treat our children and young people".

    John Patrick Clayton from the Children's Law Centre said mental ill health was a "serious and growing" in Northern Ireland.

    "A staggering 27% of the young people we surveyed reported having experienced a mental health concern and it is deeply concerning that only 37% had received help. 10% of children aged 15 and 16 have self-harmed. Children in care, the most vulnerable citizens and those in most need of protection, are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and in custody.”

    The report also includes comments from 750 young people and a "significant number" of them felt that they had been "demonised" in their communities by police, adults and the media.

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