Six times more children and young people in England have mental health conditions than a generation ago, research has revealed.
The proportion of four to 24-year-olds who said, or whose parents said, they had a longstanding mental health condition rose from 0.8% in 1995 to 4.8% in 2014, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Medicine.
Between 2008 and 2014, the percentage of children and young adults with a mental health condition also rose by 60% in England and by 75% in Scotland, the study found.
Recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of children and young adults reporting problems such as anxiety and depression, and also in those who are self-harming.
The authors reached their conclusions after analysing 36 national surveys published in England, Scotland and Wales between 1995 and 2014, which jointly drew on the experiences of 140,830 young people.
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