“We know more about children’s mental health than we have ever done before. Yet mental health disorders continue to rise, overwhelming our services. Moreover, mental health interventions are not delivering the results we need. This means only a small proportion of children and young people who need support are getting it and the support they are receiving isn’t effective enough”

  • One in eight children aged between 5 and 19 has at least one diagnostic mental health problem.
  • Under 35% of children with mental health problems get any help at all.
  • Around 60% of children in care are reported to have an emotional or health problem.
  • Young people who identify as LGBTQ+ are two-and-a-half times more likely to report a mental health problems that those who identify as heterosexual.

The only way to resolve these issues is by doing things differently.


The Anna Freud site offers a range of support services and advice for your people and their families.

They also offer a “toolkit” for schools which use at Werneth School to support our students, where appropriate.