Girls , particularly those aged 16 to 17, are more likely to be unhappy with their mental health , a new national survey has found. According to the survey, older children between 16 and 17 years old (32 per cent) were more likely to report being unhappy compared to nine to 11-year-olds (nine per cent), with 40 per cent of girls aged 16 to 17 being unhappy with their mental health.

The Big Ask survey, carried out by the Children’s Commissioner for England, received more than half a million responses from children aged four to 17.

The results revealed widespread problems with eating disorders, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, with 20 per cent of children aged nine to 17 reporting being unhappy with their mental health the “top issue”.

When it comes to their futures, 69 per cent of respondents said that having a good job or career when they grow up was one of their main priorities.

Among children from minority ethnic groups, this priority is even higher, with 75 per cent of Asian children and 76 per cent of black children saying it is one of their top future priorities, compared with 68 per cent of white children.

Children from the most deprived neighbourhoods were also more likely to prioritise getting a good job in the future (72 per cent) compared to those living in the most affluent neighbourhoods (68 per cent).

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Source: Girls most anxious and unhappy with their mental health, according to report

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