Mental health issues in young people up sixfold in England since 1995

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.