The decade of delay

Mental health problems are common among young people, affecting one in six.

On average, children and young people with mental health difficulties go ten years between first becoming unwell and getting any help, according to our evidence review. This decade of delay sees their problems multiply and get progressively worse, eventually escalating into a crisis.

Learn more about the issues facing young people and mental health or download our fact sheet on children and young people’s mental health.

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