WHY SADSVILLE IS NEEDED
Children are less happy today
In their latest ‘Good Childhood Report’, The Children’s Society found that young people became happier with their lives in the 15 years from 1995 to 2010...but then things got worse again and now children's well-eing is as low as it was 20 years ago. Their findings include:
• Pressure to fit in with society's expectations is making children unhappy
• Alarming numbers of children are self-harming
• Non-stop comments about appearance are harmful to girls' well-being
• Outdated gender stereotypes are damaging to boys' and girls' happiness
• Family relationships are particularly important for girls
• Social media and online apps are adding extra pressure.
The number of children with mental health issues is increasing
In November 2018, NHS Digital published the results of its survey of the Mental Health of Children and Young People in 2017. In its findings:
One in eight (12.8%) 5 to 19 year olds had at least one mental disorder
Emotional disorders have become more common in 5 to 15 year-olds.
Almost a third of calls to Childline relate to mental health.
More children of a younger age are turning to Childline
In 2016/17, children aged 11 and under accounted 26,369 of counselling sessions offered by Childline. This is up from 25,142 in 2015/16 and 22,194 in 2014/15, which was an increase of 3% from the previous year 2013/14.
Childline want to reach out to children under 11 and Sadsville is a perfect tool for this. Introducing the topic of sadness in its wider sense through the medium of a storybook.