Youngsters report stress and pressure

Family|October 13th 2014

Young people face a host of pressures as they make the transition into adulthood, a mental health charity reports.

In a year-long poll, YoungMinds questioned a total of 5,600 young people about their life experiences. Half the respondents said they had experienced bullying and they also reported worrying that they would be regarded as failures if they failed to obtain good exam grades.

The young people questioned said they needed support to help cope with their concerns.

A significant majority – 83 per cent –wished staff and teachers in schools were able to spot the signs that a pupil might be struggling so they could provide assistance.

Only slightly less – 82 per cent – called on schools to help teach pupils how to cope with the pressures of life, and not focus entirely on exams.

Meanwhile, 72 per cent wished support was available to unemployed young people who have left school to help them deal with the stresses of their situation.

Lucie Russell is director of campaigns at YoungMinds. She said young people now face a significant amount of pressure while growing up.

“We have to take responsibility for the pressures we are putting children and young people under and wake up to the fact that thousands of them are not able to rise above them and are really suffering. These pressures lead to depression, severe anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm and tragically, suicide.”

The report was published to mark World Mental Health Day. Read it here.

Earlier this month, the Office for National Statistics published figures which suggested that 12 per cent of children are bullied on a regular basis.

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