New study finds 1 in 4 girls suffering from symptoms of depression at age 14

NCB has published a new report with researchers at UCL which shows that 1 in 4 girls aged 14 is suffering from symptoms of depression; that’s 166,000 girls in the UK.

This research is some of the most robust available, and is based on information from a representative group of more than 10,000 children born in 2000—01, who are taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study.

It provides the strongest evidence yet that a huge number of young people are depressed.

The research also investigated links between depressive symptoms and family income. Generally, 14-year-olds from better-off families were less likely to have high levels of depressive symptoms compared to their peers from poorer homes.