Teenage mental health issues are on the rise

Many young people grow up to have a healthy mind so that they can overcome stress, anxiety, emotional events or sudden changes. However, there has definitely been a reported increase in emotional and mental health problems among adolescents and young people. According to https://www.youngminds.org.uk/ ‘One in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2021, a huge increase from one in nine in 2017. That’s five children in every classroom’.

Having worked in education for 14 years, conversations with friends who have children of their own in this age bracket and my own parenting experience has certainly opened my eyes to the difficulties our children face in the fast pace changing world we are living in.

When to get help.

With cuts in mental health support, I here so many people say, ‘I don’t know where to turn or what to do’. It turns out that 60% of my current clients are young people. One of the things that many parents tell me is that they struggle to know how to set healthy boundaries, for fear of making things worse. After all, we all just want our children to be happy, right? Not wanting to rock the boat in a time where we find it hard to distinguish between knowing when to step in and when not to.

Some helpful tips  for parents supporting Teenage Mental Health

It’s so hard! Here are some simple tips that might be of some help. Some you probably think are obvious… So this list is not intended to patronise. Take the useful bits and dump the rest.

If your child or young person is struggling in a way that puts them in danger, then always consult with your GP. Here are some useful links.

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/children-and-young-adults/advice-for-parents/worried-about-your-teenager/

You could also book a free and confidential telephone consultation with me on my contact calendar.