It is the experiences we find hardest to talk about in our society that have a lasting impact on mental health and wellbeing
Whereas boys are reporting more 'behavioural problems'.
As co-chair of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, alongside Rachel Reeves MP, we're looking at what action local and national Government can take to combat loneliness. But the fact is that there's something we can all do to tackle this problem...
Face-down restraint was used more than 2,500 times on people under 18 in mental health units in 2014/15 - the last year from which records are available. Meanwhile, three separate United Nations reports have criticised the way that restraint is used on children and young people with mental health conditions in the UK.
Right now, there is a mental health crisis among children and young people in the UK. According to new polling by HuffPost
We need to make sure that young people get the best out of the online world, and we need to work together to develop innovative ways to promote good mental health.
After a long wait for the right level of treatment my son is taking small steps in the right direction. While he takes those steps, I've decided to take the approximately 52 thousand steps it takes to complete the London Marathon to raise money and awareness for YoungMinds and Heads Together. Life was a lot easier for me when I was 14, so I'm happy to sacrifice my knees to start a conversation about mental health.
My dad was good at introducing the subject matter of mental health without directly asking me to talk about it. He would speak to me generally about mental health in a way that was inviting but not intrusive, which was massively helpful in encouraging me to open up. Now today we are supporting each other through training for the London Marathon for Heads Together. As we encourage and motivate one another, guide our way through the difficult and hopefully fun times of training we will together cross the finish line once again.
The pressure on overall NHS budgets puts individual CCGs in a difficult position. But if the government is serious about prioritising children's mental health services, they need to ensure that there is far greater accountability over where the new money is going.
Men with depression or any other mental health conditions are not alone. There is a huge percentage of men out there like them, but who aren't talking about it! If you are amongst the huge number of men suffering a mental health problem, having the strength to confide in someone and acknowledge the problem may actually be the most courageous thing you can ever do. And saving a life- your life- really is heroic.