Rates of emotional disorder for benefit recipients at ages 5 to 19

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Children living in low-income families have an increased risk of poor mental health.

This chart (based on a 2017 NHS England survey on child mental health) shows that prevalence of emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression is almost twice as high in children living in households in receipt of income-related benefits. It is almost three times as high for children living in households in receipt of a disability-related benefit.

The data presented here is from our 2022 UK Poverty report, setting out the trends and impacts of poverty across the UK. Read the full report at UK Poverty 2022.