Our Teenagers Need You!

teenagers need you

Our teenagers need you.  The Children’s Society’s Good Childhood Report 2017 uncovered alarming new findings.   Thousands of young people took part in the survey about how many different pressures are affecting teenagers’ happiness.  As a mother, this concerns me greatly.

The government is cutting funding for local services that help children and I feel like this couldn’t come at a worse time.  Roughly 1 in 5 people in a classroom of teenagers are living with anxiety.  Many anxiety disorders begin in childhood and adolescents.

anxious teenager

 

The Manifestation Of Anxiety

 

My stepdaughter recently asked me to speak to one of her friends about her anxiety surrounding entomophobia which is hugely affecting her life.  This friend of hers is suffering terribly and has no idea where to turn to.  She is lucky to have really supportive parents but they’re not sure of the best way to help their daughter.

200,000 children say they don’t get enough emotional support at home.

My stepdaughter herself has also begun to have panic attacks when staying away from her family and during school.  She’s quite introverted but we had no idea about this until the school called Mr Lovely last week.  My stepdaughter didn’t know who to turn to.  Her mum had told her anxiety was a load of old rubbish so she hasn’t even been able to talk to her own mum about it.  I’ll be writing an entire post dedicated to helping support adolescents with anxiety, so I won’t waffle on at this point.

What Can We Do?

The Children’s Society’s research shows that 1m teens have 7+ serious problems in their life. It’s not fair that these children are 10 times more likely to be unhappy than those with none. But the Government is cutting funding for local services that help children. Together we can change this. Please take one minute to help: Ask the Government for more local funding to help young people before they hit crisis point: http://bit.ly/2eSptgj.

depressed teen

About The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable and have nowhere left to turn.

We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future.  You can find out more by visiting their website. 

Thanks for reading.

Lu Lovely

6 Comments

  • Reply September 18, 2017

    Wayne

    It strikes me that any form of mental illness is either dismissed, disregarded or frowned upon if mentioned. The government take no sympathy either. Things need to change

  • Reply September 18, 2017

    milbhp

    I think mental illness is ignored out of fear of not knowing how to deal with it for years it’s been seen as something you shouldn’t talk about in public . I think the more it’s discussed the more people will begin to accept that it is a real illness that needs to be treated and not ignored . They should be doing more not less in my opinion.

  • Reply September 18, 2017

    Niki

    This struck a chord with me. My 20 year old suffers anxiety and it’s horrible watching him suffer.
    Now my five year old has been picked up with extreme anxiety. My hope is she has been picked up early. It’s only when I started talking about my children you realise how many people are silently suffering x

  • Reply September 18, 2017

    Meghan

    As a 22 year old, this doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s great that we’re becoming more open about mental illness. But we still have a long way to go regarding actually helping young people.

  • Reply September 21, 2017

    Eva Katona

    I read this report last year and took part of the campaign. It’s absolutely heartbreaking how younger and younger children need to face with anxiety. Your post helps to make a difference xx

  • Reply November 27, 2017

    Rachel

    I’m so glad that you’re raising these issues, anxiety in teens seems to be underestimated sometimes. I had a friend and her daughter managed to get help through her GP. I hope that your stepdaughter can access the help that she needs, too x

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