High levels of bullying and self-harm amongst young people on Isle of Wight

New research reveals high levels of worry, anger, bullying and self-harm amongst young people on the Isle of Wight.

Almost 5000 eleven to twenty four year olds were surveyed by The Isle of Wight Youth Trust with more than a quarter having seen a mental health professional.

Findings from the census revealed that the mental health crisis facing young people across the country is being felt acutely on the Isle of Wight.

Key findings included:

  • 61% of 7 -11-year olds and 72% of 11- 24-year olds said it was true or sometimes true that they had been worrying a lot.

  • 70% of 7 -11-year olds and 62% of 11-24-year olds said it was true or sometimes true that it had been hard to get to sleep or stay asleep.

  • 67% of 7 -11-year olds and 65% of 11-24-year olds said it was true or sometimes true that they get very angry and often lose their temper.

  • 61% of 7 -11-year olds and 60 of 11-24-year olds said it was true or sometimes true that they were often unhappy, down or tearful.

  • 75% of 11-24 year olds had seen someone being bullied and 58% had been bullied.

  • 40% of 11-24-year olds had thought about taking their own life, even if they didn't think they would act on those thoughts.

  • 30% of 11-24-year olds reported that they had deliberately hurt themselves, without wanting to take their own life.

  • 11% of 11-24-year olds reported that they had attempted to take their own life.

  • 5% of 7-11 year- olds, rising to 13% of over 11s said they had no adult who they could turn to for help, if they were facing a problem.

"Overall, our findings have painted a worrying picture of the mental health and emotional wellbeing for our young people. Through our work supporting and listening to young Islanders, we are aware of substantial gaps in statutory service provision and community need, which will require joined-up working and further funding to address.

Youth Trust CEO, Clare Cannock
Almost 5000 11 - 24-year-olds were surveyed Credit: ITV News

"The Isle of Wight Youth Trust champions the voice of young people. This Census is an exceptional piece of work from a local charity, who identified the need to listen to young Islanders and gather robust data. The results are confronting and will hopefully lead to community-wide action to improve support our children and young people's mental health."

Youth Trust Patron, Lord Michael Grade