One third of 15 to 18-year-olds are suffering from mental health issues

Posted by / Wednesday 17 October 2018 / Press release Campaigns
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As part of The Blues Programme, we spoke to over 5000 young people in schools, to see if they needed support with their mental health. From this we found that 33% of young people were struggling, and would benefit from support.

Some of the most common problems we saw in these young people were:

  • Feeling depressed
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Inability to shake negative feelings
  • Struggling to ‘get going’
  • Problems focussing
  • Feeling like everything is ‘an effort’

These statistics are quite shocking, but there is some good news. 

70% of the students who received support as part of The Blues Programme, in their school, have shown an improvement in their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The results show a decrease in depression and anxiety in the young people we worked with. They also reported increased confidence and self-esteem, improved relationships and better engagement at school.

The programme is the first of its kind in the UK and is a six-week course using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy methods to help young people better understand their negative feelings.

"Learning how to deal with my problems in a new way has made more of a difference than I could have imagined. I would be in a terribly dark place now if I hadn’t learnt how to do it."

15-year-old Rowan, who took part in the programme after suffering from low moods and anxiety.

Over the past few years we have seen an increase of 52% in children and young people who need mental health support. The Blues Programme is just one of the ways we are helping young people before their problems get worse.

If you’re a parent worrying about your teenager’s emotional wellbeing, you’re not alone. With intense school work, concern for their futures and the constant stimulation from social media, things can start to overwhelm young people. Early intervention can teach teenagers coping methods to deal with low-level issues before they escalate into anything more serious.

It can be hard to know how to broach the subject, but we have lots of resources to help support you and your child.

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