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NHS figures published last month revealed that almostchildren and young people aged 18 and under are in contact with the health service for mental health problems. Those seeking help for conditions such as depression and anxiety showed a sharp increase. Demand for help is up, but services are diminishing.
It wasn't just a matter of being unhappy. She always felt empty and miserable — never content or connected to other children. For years, she suffered alone, filled with shame. She switched schools, but that didn't help.
In light of Youth Month in South Africa it is critical that we are aware of the struggles facing some of our youth. The consequences can be catastrophic: common psychiatric disorders in adolescents include anxiety, mood, trauma and stress disorders, which are all associated with an increased suicide risk. The South African National Youth Risk Behaviour Survey recently investigated a number of key risk behaviours, including intentional and unintentional injuries, violence and traffic safety, suicide-related behaviours, behaviours related to substance abuse tobacco, alcohol and other drugssexual behaviour, nutrition and dietary behaviours, physical activity and hygiene related behaviours.
Braxton Moral is 16 years old and is graduating from high school — and from Harvard — in May. The New York Times reports that Moral has been studying at Harvard's extension school, taking most of his classes online, since he was in middle school. But, as is the case with many gifted kids and teenagers, Moral's success and ambition may have a dark side.
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The young people of the world have a message for adults. This Friday, they will go on strike to make sure their views on climate change are heard. Tens of thousands of students from more than 80 countries and territories - including the United States, Malaysia and Hong Kong - plan to skip school that day to urge adults to treat climate change as a crisis, and for governments to take action now.
M ollycoddled and cosseted or stressed and over-pressured. Energised and engaged or bored and turned off. What is undeniably true is that the evidence suggests that rates of depression, self-harm and anxiety among young people are at unprecedented levels.
Catherine Heinemeyer received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council between to support her work in schools and other youth institutions. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Resilience lessonspeer mentoring, awareness campaigns and provision of early intervention may be valuable initiatives. But they do little to challenge the main causes of mental health issues — which are likely to be integral characteristics of a neoliberal economyincluding austerity, global uncertainty and a highly pressured education system.