News - Young people and mental health

The latest news, research, events and opportunities relevant to young people and mental health.  If you would like to send something to add to this page, please contact us.


Young Minds self harm survey

In the run up to Self-Harm Awareness day on the 1st of March, Young Minds has teamed up with Childline, YouthNet and to run a survey looking into young peoples' experiences of self-harm.

The survey aims to collect information about the situations and feelings that can trigger young people to hurt themselves, and the anonymous answers will be used to try and help young people living with self-harm.

Find out more here.

BBC Newsbeat: Mental health cases 'rose in young' after recession

BBC Newsbeat reports that, according to The Royal College of GPs, there has been a big rise in the number of young people suffering from mental health problems since the recession. Some of the issues are on the increase because young people are struggling to cope with lack of money, jobs and opportunities.

It also says doctors are not being given the right training to help spot and deal with the problem; The Royal College of GPs want to see better training for all GPs and is making youth mental health a priority.

Read the full article here.

BBC Newsbeat: 'Not enough' done on mental health and young people, say charities

Distressed-Female-02Several mental health charities say not enough is being done to spot early signs of mental health problems in young people, BBC Newsbeat reports.

Organisations including Rethink Mental Illness, the Mental Health Foundation and Sane say lives are being put at risk.

They want more training for people like teachers and GPs as well as more awareness among parents and teenagers of what to look out for.

Read the full article here.

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BBC Newsbeat: Poor GCSEs increase self-harm risk, warns Prince's Trust

According to BBC Newsbeat, young people with less than 5 A to C grade GCSEs are more likely to self-harm than students with good results, according to new research by the Prince's Trust.

1 in 5 of 16 to 25 year olds said they self harm; when you look at young people with poor GCSE results this jumps to nearly 1 in 3.

Read the full article here.

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Mental health crisis for LGBTQ young people charity warns

Media release: 13 January 2014

Lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people face high levels of discrimination and disadvantage and are suffering much higher rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts according to the results of the Youth Chances survey of 16-25 year olds published today by equality and diversity charity METRO.

The Youth Chances summary of first findings shows:

  • over half of LGBTQ young people report mental health issues
  • 42% of LGBTQ young people have sought medical help for anxiety or depression
  • 52% of LGBTQ young people report self-harm either now or in the past
  • 44% of LGBTQ young people have considered suicide

Read the full press release here.

Find out more about this research here.

CYP Now: Youth sector warns against labelling young people as 'lost causes'

YP-Image-0001According to CYP Now, youth charities have shown their dissapointment at recent coverage by the media of the challenges young people face. 

Rosie Ferguson, chief executive of London Youth, spoke out about new research by the Prince's Trust which found that one in three unemployed young people have thought of suicide.

Whilst she agrees with its findings she want to see more positive messages about what young people have to offer in being reported by the media.

Find out more here.

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"One in three unemployed young people have thought of suicide" - new Prince's Trust report

New research by the Prince's Trust has found that many young people who are unemployed are more likely to experience mental health problems. 

The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index, from interviews with 2,161 young people aged 16 to 25 years old, found that:

  • 1 in 3 long term unemployed young people have contemplated suicide.
  • 40% of unemployed young people have faced symptoms of mental illness as a result.
  • Long term unemployed young people are more than 2x as likely to feel like they nothing to live for compared to young people in work, education or training.

Click here to find out more.

New mental health project for 16 - 19 year olds

The Transitions Advocacy Project (TAP) is a new project desinged by young people from Change UR Mind - theNorth East Mental Health Youth Board, made up of young people aged between 11 – 25 who have experience of mental health issues.

TAP will provide extra support to 16 to 19 year olds with mental health difficulties. TAP aims to involve 40 young people across the Newcastle area from now until March 2014.

Find out more here.

The Employment Hub – Age UK Training

Are you 16-24 years old and want a job but are struggling because you have little or no work experience?

Age UK Training's Employment Hub is tailored to meet your needs and can help you gain:

  • A job or apprenticeship
  • Work Experience
  • Qualifications, training and skills

For further information, please click here to download a flyer about the Employment Hub.

Alternatively contact Ron or Anita at Age UK:

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