Over the past two years, the number of young people seeking help from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs) in England has doubled and has become an increasing concern for public health experts.
Undoubtedly, it is difficult to establish how much of this represents an actual rise in young people experiencing problems, and how much is down to better awareness of symptoms and diagnosis. However, today, poor mental health among children and young people has been described as an epidemic and an "escalating crisis". And now, during this COVID-19 pandemic, it seems to have worsened.
A study has found there's been an overall increase in "mental distress" in those aged 16 and above since lockdown.— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) July 22, 2020
How has lockdown affected your mental health?
Has the easing of restrictions helped or added to your worries?
That's what @TVNaga01 is asking.
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It has become more important than ever for organisations to raise awareness about mental health among the public. Companies like Nominet, for example, play an important role in partnering with other organisations to provide mental health support for people, especially in difficult times like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year, Nominet launched the #RESET Mental Health Programme. The campaign is a large-scale mental health programme providing grants to a number of leading mental health-focused organisations. Nominet is supporting digital mental health services, as well as boosting collaboration, pathways and service quality across the mental health sector.
One of the organisations involved is stem4. Stem4 is a charity that supports positive mental health in teenagers and provides valuable information on mental health through mental health apps.
Youth Mental Health Day is here! We want to hear how you #BounceNotBreak when you feel low, anxious or upset.— stem4 (@stem4org) September 7, 2020
Here's some ideas from @joshwiddicombe, @OriolRomeu, @Luke_FFF, @Hallam_Amos, @Ella_Greenwood, Lucas Bond from #Summerland Movie & More!#YMHD pic.twitter.com/teqAhiTvpw
The importance of apps here is critical – research shows that young people are increasingly looking only here for their mental health support. 94% of 8–11 year olds, 99% of 12-15 year olds and 99% 16–25 year olds spend one or more hours a day online and on their phones. Young people are looking for mental health support where they look for everything else, online. That’s why Nominet are funding stem4, and the other organisations in their #RESET Mental Health Programme.
Nina Porter sat down with stem4 founder Dr Nihara Krause about young people's mental health during lockdown, changing trends and the services that stem4 provide.
Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.
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