The Department for Education has published its first State of the Nation 2019 report on children and young people’s wellbeing to mark World Mental Health Day. The report finds that the majority of children and young people report being relatively happy with their lives but many report being relatively unhappy. 84.9% of children aged 10 to 15 said they were relatively happy with their lives but 5% reported they were relatively unhappy. Similarly for young people aged 16-24, 82.9% reported a high or very high happiness with their lives with 3% reporting low life satisfaction. Furthermore, the research showed that whilst there were few consistent difference in wellbeing by gender, young females were more likely to report feeling anxious. In addition, there was no discernible difference in children’s wellbeing based on their ethnicity but there was a trend towards lower life satisfaction in children from a Black/African/Caribbean/Black British background compared to their counterparts from a White background.
The report can be found in full, here.