Are 1 in 8 Children and Young People Really ‘Mentally Disordered’?


Mental health organisations challenge the language of illness and disorder 

Following the recent NHS report that found that 1 in 8 children have a ‘mental disorder’, mental health organisations A Disorder For Everyone and Safely Held Spaces issued a joint Press Release.

We suggest that this very real emotional distress can be explained differently, ie – as an understandable response to experience and that labelling children and young people as ’mentally ill’ with diagnoses that are not scientifically valid constructs is often very unhelpful.

Read the full Press Release here.
Watch a video interview with Consultant clinical psychologist Dr Lucy Johnstone here.


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MITUK’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for fundamentally re-thinking theory and practice in the field of mental health in the UK, and promoting positive change. We believe that the current diagnostically-based paradigm of care has comprehensively failed, and that the future lies in non-medical alternatives which explicitly acknowledge the causal role of social and relational conflicts, abuses, adversities and injustices.