Developing Well Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Mental health and wellbeing in children

Wellbeing is measured in our children and young people using a health-related behaviour survey. In 2016, 61 per cent of secondary school pupils reported they are, in general, 'quite a lot' or 'a lot' satisfied with their life at the moment.

What is wellbeing and why is it important?

Wellbeing is a broad concept, often understood to include aspects of satisfaction with life and positive mental health as well as other factors. It's defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as 'the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy'. Children's wellbeing is an important issue and can be a direct indicator of young people's health as it reflects what's important to children and young people.

Lower levels of wellbeing amongst young people are linked with bullying and disruptive behaviours at school whilst higher levels of life satisfaction have been linked to healthier levels of physical activity, screen time, nutrition, and mental health (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2017).

Mental health in children and young people

Mental health problems affect around 1 in 10 children and young people. They include conditions such as depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what's happening in their lives. The outcome wanted for the borough's school children is that when they are 16 they are mentally and physically healthy and good wellbeing will play a crucial role in achieving both aspects of this.

Statistics on mental health and wellbeing in young people

Guidance on mental health and wellbeing in young people