Young people & mental health in the UK

You may have seen in the news of late the growing concern over mental health issues in children and reports on the care outside of schools not keeping pace.

The survey by the Association of Scho and College Leaders’ (ASCL) found that over the past five years that 79% of Head Teachers saw an increase in self-harm or suicidal thoughts among students. Beyond that, 40% reported a big rise in cyber-bullying and 53% of those who had referred a pupil to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) rated them ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.

The BBC further reported that close to 65% of Teachers said they struggled to get mental health services for pupils. This research confirms that better provision of child mental health services, both in and outside school, is still needed.  Just last month, the UK’s Mental Health Foundation said mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people, adding that 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Given the ‘gap’ in mental health care for young people, hypnotherapy can play a major role in alleviating this by helping children or young people manage their problems by changing the way they think and behave.

The NHS says nearly 300,000 young people in Britain have an anxiety disorder and, in the UK, anxiety disorders are estimated to affect 5-19% of all children and adolescents, and about 2-5% of children younger than 12. If you think your child or a young person you know is suffering from undue stress or anxiety, please get in touch; Hypnotherapy could make the world of difference and the world a much happier place for that child.

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