Commenting on research published today (15th March 2012) by the Nuffield Foundation showing a significant increase in the rate of teenagers suffering from anxiety, depression and behavioural problems.
Lucie Russell, Director of Campaigns Policy and Participation, YoungMinds said:
“Young people’s mental health is under pressure like never before. With zero job prospects, university increasingly financially unviable, ever increasing pressure to follow the latest consumer trends and worrying rates of online bullying this research reflects shows just how difficult young people growing up in the 21st century.
“This bleak outlook is understandably leading to concerns about the mental health of young people. The World Health Organisation predicts that by 2030 more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem yet investment in mental health remains sadly lacking, we are sitting on a mental health time-bomb and urgent action is needed to invest in mental health support services for young people.
“For every pound spent by the NHS, specific services for children and young people’s mental health receive less than a penny. It’s time we recognised that the wellbeing of young people is vital if we want to have a mentally healthy society for generations to come.”
For further information go to www.youngminds.org.uk