Childline, telephone counseling service operated by UK Children‘s Charity NSPCC, took 21,297 talks about anxiety over the past year – an increase of 55% the year before when 13,746 children called the hotline about the problem.
Almost nine out of 10 of these talks were made by girls, said the charity organization in its annual review for the service. Hotline also received 24,549 calls from children suffering from suicidal thoughts and feelings, its highest ratings for that category.
“Anxiety can be a devastating disease and it is deeply worrying that the number of counseling times we deliver on this issue rises so fast,” said Peter Wanless, NSPCC’s Executive Director, in response to the Childline Report.
He added that The hotline is “filling the gap left by our public psychiatric services, providing young people with a place they can go around the clock for help and advice. “
A separate report on addiction among Public Health England youths (PHE) revealed that the number of children needing treatment for dependence on benzodiazepine sedation, used to deal with anxiety, has almost doubled in one year, from 1
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Xanax was the benzodiazepine who saw the biggest increase – the use of young people who needed treatment increased almost seven times , from eight to 53.
In total, thirds of young people seeking drug abuse help were male, while three quarters were between 15 and 19, said PHE.
But their report also found a difference between the sexes, with girls more likely than boys to reveal a mental health issue.
While 37% of girls who began to treat substance addiction reported a mental health issue, made only 22% of the boys.
The two reports highlight a worrying trend of increasing anxiety and mental health problems among British children and adolescents, which has been noted by various studies in recent months.
Last month, a NHS Digital survey found that one in eight people under the age of 19 in England has a mental health issue, with an increase of one in six for 17-19 year olds.
“Too Strong to Support”
“Young people today face great stress, from tensions and worries about future jobs and housing prospects, to social media that can worsen around the clock, which can exacerbate concern about body image or live “perfect lifestyle“, “Tom Madders, Head of Campaigns in Britain Charity Young Minds, said in response to the results.
“Making things worse, when young people take the brave step to reach out for help, it’s too hard to get support,” he told CNN. “Many parents report that their children could not access mental health care until they were in crisis.”
Madders demanded increased funding for child and youth care services to address the problem and added: “We must also fill the black hole in young people and social services that can provide help early.”
“There is a lot of anxiety among our children and young people, and these rates increase through childhood.”
Although talks about anxiety and suicidal thoughts increased, the number of calls received by Childline decreased from last year. Charity also offers assistance with a variety of problems, including bullying, abuse and family separation.
Hotline gave 278,440 phone counseling worse years, down from 295,202 last year, with about two in five in connection with emotional and mental health.
“We must accept that we live in a world that makes people worried,” said Louise Theodosiou of the CNN.
“Children themselves have access to news that can contain information about the key themes that concern us all – global warming, pollution, Brexit,” she added. “We can understand why children would feel more keen”.
“A big cohort of people who still have mental health problems in adulthood has them because they fought with these childhood problems. What we want is people to be
According to the British government, 4,500 people take their own lives annually In England, suicide is the leading cause of death in men under the age of 45.
“As a system, we must work seamlessly” to deal with mental health problems, Theodosiou added. “We must admit children’s mental health needs, and we must give them clear signs for how they can get help. “