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Why is mental health important?

"Good social, emotional and psychological health helps protect children and young people against emotional and behavioural problems, violence and crime, teenage pregnancy and the misuse of drugs and alcohol." - Systematic review of the effectiveness of interventions to promote mental wellbeing in children in primary education - Adi et al. 2007).

Children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing is important in its own right but also because it affects their physical health (both as a child and as an adult) and can determine how well they do at school.  The emotional and mental health of children and young people is increasingly recognised as being fundamental to the wellbeing and future prospects of individuals and communities.

There is a growing body of research, publications and resources that can help you develop your understanding of emotional and mental health.

For more information about mental health problems and conditions visit YoungMinds.

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