Over 50,000 Childline counselling sessions about self-harm, suicidal feelings, mental health or depressive disorders last year
There were over 92,000 Childline counselling sessions with children and young people about mental health and wellbeing in 2015/16. Of these over 50,000 related to suicidal feelings, self-harm, mental health or depressive disorders.
This is an average of 1 counselling session every 11 minutes. Our figures reveal:
- 50,819 counselling sessions about these mental health issues in 2015/161.
- 1 in 6 of all Childline counselling sessions were focused on these mental health issues2
- girls were almost 7 times more likely to seek help than boys3.
The worrying figures raise further concerns about the level of mental health care available to children and young people desperate for professional support and treatment.