Barnardo’s has released figures from a new survey carried out by YouGov of 12 to 16 year-olds in England.
Almost half of children aged from 12 to 16 in England feel sad or anxious at least once a week with worries about their future and school their biggest concerns
By the age of 16, 70% report feeling sad or anxious at least once a week with nearly a quarter having negative feelings as much as once a day.
Nearly half of 12 year olds in England (48%) surveyed also felt this way at least once a week, with only two per cent in this age group saying they never had.
The survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the UK’s largest children’s charity Barnardo’s reveals what is troubling today’s children and how they can be better supported.
The results show the overwhelming majority of 12 to 16 year olds in England (75%) think it would be helpful if they had a counsellor or another professional at their school to talk to when they’re feeling down and upset.
They cited the main causes of stress as being school for 65%, their future for 42%, problems at home for 31%, being bullied for 25% (not including online) and their weight for 26%.
By the age of 16, stress at school was a worry for 83% of children in England and 80% were worrying about their future.
Social media has been an issue for 11% who worried about getting enough ‘likes’ or responses on social media, 12% were concerned about online bullying, while 15% said they have been troubled by something they’d seen on social media.
The polling also found that messages about the importance of talking about their feelings are getting through to children. When asked who they would talk to if they felt sad or anxious 38% said teachers, 71% said family members, 63% said friends.
Barnardo’s says schools have a key role to play as they can be stressful environments for children, especially around exam time. But they are also places where they can seek help from teachers and counsellors.
The polling results also show that children like to speak to a range of people when they are feeling troubled and call into question the Government’s Mental Health Green Paper proposal to train just one senior lead in each school about mental health. Barnardo’s says more needs to be done to make it easier for children to talk about their mental health at school.
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