Factors Affecting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Children and Young People in Northern Ireland

The Office of the Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland funded questions on mental health, worries, supports and barriers to talking in both the 2023 Young Life and Times and the Kids’ Life and Times surveys 2023. This report showcases those findings from both surveys including that 45.2% of 16-year-olds in NI have probable mental ill-health (female 52.9%, males 32.8%). The findings also revealed that the wellbeing of 11-year-olds in NI has declined in recent years to its lowest ever score since 2016.