Take action to support children and young people 

In childhood the foundations of a person’s lifetime health outcomes, including suicide risk, are laid.

UNICEF Child Friendly City information graphic

UNICEF's Child Friendly Cities initiative encourages councils to seek six 'badges' (above) to support whole community welfare and development of children.


Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) such as bullying, abuse and neglect and being placed in the care of the local authority make poor health, including mental illness, substance misuse and suicidal thoughts and actions, more likely[i].

It is therefore vital that more investment is made into evidence-based efforts to reduce these risks as much as possible and ensure that children, and adults who have experienced ACEs, get access to the best support possible.