I want all children to grow up feeling happy, healthy and well, with access to support quickly and locally when they need it.
Health is a core pillar of my work following ‘The Big Ask’. The majority of children aged 9 to 17 (80%) told me they were happy or okay with their mental health. But 20% of children were unhappy, making it a top issue for children today. This figure is also higher amongst older teenage girls.
Children also spoke about wanting good physical health, and younger children in particular spoke about wanting to live healthy lifestyles.
[Mental health] is such a taboo subject, I […] don’t know how to get help, simply because it’s so hard to bring up. I’ve spoken to other people in person and online about this, and a lot of them feel the same way.Girl, 14,
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