With good mental health, children and young people do better in every way. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop resilience and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. They are happier in their families, are able to learn better, do well at school, and enjoy friendships and new experiences.
Childhood and teenage years are when mental health is developed and patterns are set for the future. So a child with good mental health is much more likely to have good mental health as an adult, to be able to take on adult responsibilities and fulfil their potential.
However, it is reported that 850,000 children and young people suffer from mental health problems (Young Minds, 2014). They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
There are certain ‘risk factors’ that make some children and young people more likely to experience problems than other children, some of these factors include: