The research looked at the pressures young girls are facing. For girls aged between 11 and 21, self-harm was one of the biggest health concerns, closely followed by mental illness, depression and online-bullying.
A total of 1,574 girls took part in the survey. 62 per cent of those aged between 11 and 21 said they had a friend or knew of a person suffering a mental health problem.
46 per cent of those aged 17 to 21 said they were personally experiencing mental health concerns. Despite this, 82 per cent of girls taking part in the survey believed their parents do not recognise the pressure they are under.
Nearly all of the girls said their parents’ main concerns were drug use, smoking and alcohol – problems that have not been a major worry in UK girls since 2010.
The findings showed that girls as young as seven may be experiencing mental health concerns. The majority of girls aged between seven and 10 said they felt ‘sad’ and one in five, nine to 10 year...