Mental health

In general boys have a higher prevalence of mental disorder than girls, and the most common disorders appear to be conduct and emotional disorders. Around 50% of lifetime mental illness starts before the age of 14 and continues to have a detrimental effect on an individual and their family for many years. Potentially, half of these problems are preventable. Four or five adverse childhood experiences (child abuse, parental depression, domestic abuse, substance abuse or offending) increase the risk of developing mental health problems throughout life. [1]

  • Four or more adverse childhood experiences (child abuse, parental depression, domestic abuse, substance abuse or offending) increase the risk of developing mental health problems throughout life.
  • Rates of postnatal depression correlate with deprivation factors.  Postnatal depression in either mother or father can affect children socially, psychologically, physically and emotionally if left untreated.

[1] New Horizons Confident Communities, Brighter Futures:  A framework for developing wellbeing.  HM Government, March 2010. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_114774