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First 'State of the Nation' Report Marks World Mental Health Day

More than 4 in 5 children and young people report being happy with their lives, as a landmark new report on children’s wellbeing is published.

Friendship, school and getting a good night’s sleep are all key factors in a young person’s happiness. This is according to the Government’s first-ever State of the Nation report on children’s mental wellbeing.

In research published to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019, four out of five young people between the age of 10 and 24 say they are happy with their lives. Those surveyed rated themselves as happiest with their family and friends, their health, their school and their appearance. Bullying, including cyberbullying, remains a key reason for unhappiness or poor wellbeing, particularly among teenage girls, while sleep and leisure time are also seen as important factors.

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