Focus on adolescent mental health
Anxiety is a big issue for today’s young people with one in ten suffering with a diagnosable mental health disorder, and over half of all mental ill health starting by age 14.
Across Britain, almost 300,000 children and young people are dealing with high levels of anxiety. Around a half worry over their body image, while a third worry about coping at work or school. The severity of anxiety is also on the increase: the average young person today has the same level of anxiety as a typical 1950s adolescent psychiatric in-patient.
There is still great stigma attached to mental ill health, meaning a quarter of young people say they would not con de in someone if they thought they were experiencing a mental health problem. All this contributes to British teens being ranked as having the second lowest mental wellbeing out of twenty major countries.
We know that school learning, stress tolerance, confidence and personal relationships are all adversely affected by high anxiety, yet six in ten young people do not receive treatment for problems such as anxiety and depression.
Here at The King’s Arms Youth Centre, we want to do something now to arrest this epidemic. We’ve created remind, five-week programme which aims to give youngsters the tools they need to better cope with anxiety.
If you’re a parent or a concerned adult, you may well know a young person with elevated levels of anxiety. The chances are, they are not talking to anyone about their struggles and not getting the support they so desperately need.
If you’d like to know more about the work we’re doing with young people who struggle with mental ill health, visit our website.