Richard Crellin, policy and research manager at the Children’s Society, said “Children appear to be having declining happiness with their friends, which is concerning. And boys have seen a significant decline in how they feel about their appearance. It is too soon to report a trend, but there were also big dips this year in [happiness about] school and schoolwork. If that continues it would suggest young people are finding school increasingly difficult.”
Place2Be is proud to work with schools to help children and young people to cope with a wide range of issues including bullying, school transition and exam pressure. Rates of depression and anxiety in teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years, and we know that children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life if they receive support at an early age.