1 in 3 ChildLine counselling sessions featured a mental health concern last year
Mental health concern featured in 1 in 3 ChildLine counselling sessions last year (1 April 2015- 31 March 2016), with 3 out of the top 5 reasons for children contacting the helpline now relating to this problem.
There were 92,891 ChildLine counselling sessions about mental health related concerns last year, with 5,644 cases also involving abuse or neglect.
Low self-esteem was the top concern and was also the issue with one of the biggest increases since 2014/15, rising by 19% to over 42,000 counselling sessions. Suicide concerns have also increased by 10% when compared to 14/15.
The figures were revealed in The Observer on Sunday, ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week.