Poor mental health: the links between child poverty and mental health problems

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David Ayre

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There is a wide variety of evidence to show that children who live in poverty are exposed to a range of risks that can have a serious impact on their mental health, including debt, poor housing, and low income.

Our research found that only 1 in 10 mental health trusts see children in poverty as a priority group for access to mental health services. This report sets out a number of areas for further exploration, and makes recommendations for Government to better address the mental health needs of children and young people living in poverty.


Psychology, Young People, Poverty, Income Dynamics, Debt: Indebtedness, Well Being, Health and Housing Market


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