According to recent studies, 2 per cent of children aged 11 to 15, and one in 10 16 to 24-year-olds, suffer from major depressive disorders at any one time. Milder forms of anxiety affect 3 per cent of five to 15-year-olds and one in seven young adults. Such trends were highlighted earlier this year in a “report card” compiled by Unicef, focusing on the wellbeing of children in 21 developed economies. In it, the UK came bottom of the global league – behind former Eastern bloc countries such as Hungary and Poland. Child poverty, family troubles and the “dog eat dog” mentality prevalent in certain aspects of modern British life were blamed for its score.