UK girls becoming increasingly unhappy calls for mental health support

The TES is reporting that the latest research has found a rise in girls’ unhappiness in the UK compared to the previous years.

Report comes as research shows nursery school children worry about being ‘fat’ and ‘ugly’. Girls are becoming increasingly distressed, with more than a quarter of a million girls now saying they are unhappy with their lives, according to new research.

The Good Childhood Report, produced by The Children’s Society and the University of York, highlights a growing gender gap in children’s experience of life. It estimates that 14 per cent of girls aged 10 to 15 are unhappy with their lives as a whole compared to 11 per cent five years’ ago. During the same period, the proportion of boys who are unhappy has remained stable at 11 per cent.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children’s Society, said: “It is desperately worrying that so many of our young people are suffering rather than thriving. Girls are having a particularly tough time and it’s clear that concerted action is needed to tackle this problem.”

The report calls for the government to make it a legal entitlement for children to be able to access mental health support in schools and colleges.

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  1. Stephen Smith

    I think this is missing the point. Most schools would justifiably claim that students have access to mental health support in their school. However, there are two problems with the current situation. Firstly, the stigma attached to mental health means that the majority of young people with mental health problems do not seek help (making the impact far worse in the long term). Secondly, the threshold for accessing formal mental health support is so high that low level mental illness goes untreated throughout adolescence, meaning that for many young people it becomes a lifelong problem.

  2. RBel2

    I hope soon we can look back, and simply wonder why it took so long. But sadly, it seems things have to get worse before they get better.

  3. RBel2

    Unsurprising & v.sad that girls are more affected. But things need to change for boys too, so they aren’t stigmatised for asking for help.

  4. RBel2

    Most sad of all – the help needs to be there in the first place, so that any young person who needs it can access it. #timetotalk

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