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Mental health and wellbeing in the millennial generations

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Young people’s mental health and wellbeing has become a prominent social issue in recent months, receiving high-profile attention from the royal family and political parties.

This seminar will present civil servants at the Department of Health and Public Health England with the most recent findings on the state of mental health and wellbeing among two important generations of Britons: those born in 2000-01, and 1989-90.

Prof Emla Fitzsimons will present findings from the Millennium Cohort Study on the prevalence of mental ill health from age 3 to 14, focusing on the crucial age 11-14 period, when puberty is underway and children move from primary to secondary school. The findings will show the relationships between mental illness and other areas of life, including bullying, pubertal age, socioeconomic position, and family stability. Prof Fitzsimons will also explore the differences between mental illness and wellbeing at this critical age.

Dr Morag Henderson will present findings from new age 25 data from Next Steps on the prevalence of mental ill health from adolescence through to early adult life. The findings will also cover how adolescent mental illness is associated with outcomes at age 25, including general health, BMI, educational qualifications, and employment.


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