Suicide in Children and Young People

Children, teenagers and young people are struggling with life in ways that previous generations did not.  They need our help to cope in a world in which many children, teenagers and young people feel overwhelmed, confused, scared, threatened, neglected and helpless.

Shocking figures from NHS England show that one in five children and young people had a probable mental disorder in 2023!

Here is the link to this report:

I have been working as a counsellor/psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist with children, teenagers and young people since 2010 and I am seriously concerned about the unprecedented levels of anxiety (including social anxiety/agoraphobia), depression, eating disorders, thoughts of suicide, bullying and issues/problems with friendship groups, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, low self-worth, family relationship issues – and the list goes on!

This is a summary of the damning report from NHS England:

The Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2023 report, published on   21 November 2023 by NHS England, found that 20.3% of eight to 16-year-olds had a probable mental disorder in 2023. Among 17 to 19-year-olds, the proportion was 23.3%, while in 20 to 25-year-olds it was 21.7%.

After a rise in rates of probable mental disorders between 2017 and 2020, prevalence continued at similar levels in all age groups between 2022 and 2023.

Participants were also questioned about eating disorders for the first time since the 2017 survey. In 2023, 12.5% of 17 to 19-year-olds had an eating disorder, an increase from 0.8% in 2017. Between 2017 and 2023, rates rose both in young women (from 1.6% to 20.8%) and young men (from 0.0% to 5.1%) in this age group.

This  survey also found 5.9% of 20 to 25-year-olds had an eating disorder, while eating disorders were identified in 2.6% of 11 to 16-year-olds, compared with 0.5% in 2017 – with rates in 2023 four times higher in girls (4.3%) than boys (1.0%).

If your child, teenager or young person is suffering from any of these mental health issues listed below, please call me (07913 979561) or book an appointment with me via my website contact form, so that they can receive professional help without delay:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Bullying and issues/problems with friendship groups
  • Exam stress/nerves
  • Fears/anxiety around the transition to senior school or to university
  • Low self-confidence, low self-esteem, low self-worth
  • Family breakdown and relationship issues
  • Social anxiety/Agoraphobia
  • Thoughts of suicide

Here is a link to testimonials from previous clients (children, teenagers, young people) whom I have helped to recover and to move on with new confidence and coping skills:

When children, teenagers and young people are feeling helpless, frightened, anxious, nervous, unable to cope in a world which can seem so harsh and judgemental, they need to feel listened to in a way which simply does not happen with many online  services or via  self-help websites.

These children, teenagers and young people deserve the opportunity to be able to confide in a mental health professional, in a face-to-face setting, where they feel respected, where they can voice their concerns and fears without embarrassment or fear of judgement.  They need deep understanding, empathy and to feel that they will be helped to recover.