87% of teenagers say they have experience some form of mental health issue
Survey undertaken for teen mental health book MIND YOUR HEAD reveals shocking statistic
A survey undertaken by author Juno Dawson for her latest book MIND YOUR HEAD, reveals more shocking statistics on the unspoken problems caused by mental health issues in the UK. 87% of participants said they had some form of mental health issue when aged between 13 and 19. Just 43.4% of those said they sought formal support i.e. a doctor or therapist, and worryingly, 24.5% said they used illegal drugs or drank to excess to deal with mental health or emotional wellbeing issues.
The survey was filled out by volunteers coming to Dawson’s website as she was writing the book, alongside clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt. The results were used to compile case studies to be included in the book, as well as an overall picture of mental health amongst young people today. Dawson herself has openly spoken about her own difficulties with anxiety and is keen to reduce the stigma around talking about mental health.
“The MIND YOUR HEAD survey hints at something I’ve long suspected: that many young people suffer from mental health issues in silence. Teacher and parents need to discuss mental health with young people so they are able to recognise problems and don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help if they need it.”
Full stats from the survey:
Of 1095 respondents:
- 6% said they had some form of mental health issue when aged between 13 and 19.
- 8% said they sought informal support in the form of the internet, books and TV.
- Only 22.6% were prescribed medication.
- 5% said they used illegal drugs or drank to excess aged between 13-19.
 Survey of 1095 respondents collated by Juno Dawson as research by volunteer basis