A NEW report from the World Health Organization, published during Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May), has revealed that young people’s mental wellbeing got worse in many countries between 2014-2018.
The report, led by researchers at the University of Glasgow and the University of St Andrews, looked at 227,441 schoolchildren aged 11, 13 and 15 from 45 European countries.
They discovered that, although lots of young people in Scotland, Wales and England are generally satisfied with their lives, sleep difficulties and social and emotional difficulties, such as feeling low and nervous, are on the rise.
Compared to other countries, young people in the UK are also more likely to worry about their weight. It was also found that school-related stress was particularly high among 15-year-olds across the UK, with three-quarters reporting high levels of pressure from schoolwork.
Poor mental health can affect all of us at some point, which is why it’s so important to have services to help people. One of these is a 24-hour text service called ‘SHOUT’, which is run by almost 2,000 volunteers.
For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to some of those volunteers, and thanked them for all their hard work since the service launched last year.