A child’s mental health and wellbeing is determined predominately by their peers and parents/guardians lifestyle, behaviour and values and wider socio-economic conditions. The early years shape our healthy physical and mental development and many of our health and social behaviours.

Giving every child the best start in life is crucial to reducing health inequalities and maintaining positive wellbeing throughout the life course. If we are to tackle the health and social inequalities that shape the course of people’s lives, then they should be addressed early so that every child has a fair chance of starting and developing well.

Children experience a range of mental health problems as they get older, as the transition from late childhood and teenage years into early adulthood are a time of rapid change and development.

is estimated that 2,035 children in Knowsley aged 5 – 16 have a mental health disorder. When looking at the difference between males and females, more boys suffer from each of the different disorders, with the exception of emotional disorders

Research10 has estimated prevalence rates for neurotic disorders in young people aged 16 – 19 years. Applying the figures to Knowsley would mean an estimated 1,100 young people aged 16 – 19 years would have a neurotic disorder (350 males, 750 females). In this age group, females are much more likely to suffer from anxiety and depressive disorders as well as phobias.

The full JSNA report can be accessed here: Childrens Mental Health and Wellbeing In Progress JSNA