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MHCYP Surveys - Mental Health of Children and Young People in England - Findings from the 2017 follow up surveys webinar

About this event

The most recent face-to-face survey for the Mental Health of Children and Young People (MHCYP) in England took place in 2017 with children, young people (aged 2 to 19 years) and their parents. Since then, families who had consented to be re-contacted for further studies, have been asked to participate via an online or telephone survey in July 2020 (Wave 1), February 2021 (Wave 2) and more recently April 2022 (Wave 3).

Since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK in March 2020, children and young people have experienced major changes in their lives. These changes have affected their family situation as well as their access to education, leisure, and other services. The MHCYP follow-up surveys have provided invaluable information about the mental health and life experiences of children, young people, and their families during this time.

The latest survey (Wave 3) took place in April 2022 and included information about mental health, sleep, loneliness, education, access to services, social media, eating problems, self-harm, and psychotic episodes.

The series findings show an increase in probable mental health disorders for 7 to 16 year olds from 1 in 9 in 2017 to 1 in 6 in 2020, rates have remained stable since. However, in young people aged 17 to 19 years, rates of probable mental disorder rose from 1 in 10 in 2017 to 1 in 6 in 2020, remaining stable between 2020 and 2021, and now a further increase to 1 in 4 in 2022.

This webinar will discuss the findings from Wave 3 and the changes over time since 2017, along with plans for future surveys.

Target audience

This seminar is aimed at

  • Academics / Researchers
  • Charities working with mental health for children and young people
  • Arm’s length bodies
  • Policy makers
  • Mental Health analysts
  • Mental Health CYP professionals

Watch a recording of the webinar