Helping Young People
"Particularly concerning is the increase in school-related stress which may be contributing to poorer mental wellbeing especially among 15-year-old girls. It is essential that we look at ways of providing support to young people to help them navigate the challenges they face during adolescence." - Dr Joanna Inchley, deputy director of the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit from the University of St Andrews
Schools - I am passionate about the work I do with young people and have been providing counselling services at secondary schools in Eastbourne since 2012.
Anxiety - In the last decade I have witnessed young people suffering from increasing levels of stress and anxiety. Apart from the natural worry caused by exams and keeping up with school work, the pressures of friendship issues and social media have become overwhelming for many.
Self-harming - Sadly this is a regular occurrence amongst young people, and many students have talked about ‘not wanting to be here anymore’. Tragically, the number of teenage suicides in England and Wales increased by 67% between 2010 and 2017.
Safeguarding - Providing a safe place for young people to talk is essential - for some it can literally be life changing.
Care - Being listened to makes us feel valued and gives us hope for the future.
“Understanding the risk factors for suicide among young people can help us to prevent it...Research tells us that events such as bereavement, a history of abuse, self-harm, mental ill health and experiencing academic pressures are common risk factors in young people who take their lives. Of course, many young people will experience these things and not take their own life, and it is helpful to understand more about causes, so we can identify groups of young people who may be more at risk and need specialist support.” - Ruth Sutherland, Chief Executive of the Samaritans charity