A number of leading charities have warned that young people are not being properly supported and their mental health is not being adequately cared for in the UK.
A study of the UK’s mental wellbeing by the Children’s Mental Health Foundation (CMHF) has found that more than half of the children it surveyed felt isolated and under-empowered, with some saying they felt more stressed than they were.
The survey also found that the majority of the young people who participated did not feel supported by their families or community.
The charity’s chief executive, Paul McVeigh, said the survey showed “a lack of leadership and commitment from government and the private sector” on mental health issues.
He said it was clear that “young people in particular” were not being listened to and were not getting support from their families and community.
“There are a number of areas in which we need to address this.
We need a lot more of the community to step up and do a better job of supporting young people,” Mr McVeige said.
Mr McVeig said the government was committed to tackling mental health problems, but that the private and state sectors needed to take a bigger role in supporting young Australians.
He added that the number of young people in care had dropped by almost half in the last decade, from about 7,000 in 2008-09 to about 5,000 last year.
“We need a greater focus on prevention, more engagement and more evidence-based services,” he said.
He also criticised the “lack of support” for young people, saying that some organisations and the government had not provided a consistent approach to supporting young adults.
“I don’t know that any organisation that’s been doing a lot of work on this, we don’t get the right advice from the Department of Health and I think it’s got to be changed,” he added.
Mr McGuire said young people were not having a “sustainable” experience of their mental and physical health.
“The reality is that young adults are still under-served by the NHS,” he told Radio New Zealand.
“And in many cases they don’t receive adequate treatment for depression and anxiety.”
It’s not about the NHS.
It’s about the young person.
“Mr McGuimie said young adults were under-represented in mental health services and services for older people were often less effective.”
Young people don’t need more mental health providers,” he explained.
Mr McFadden said he wanted to hear from young people.”
What’s your story?
Why are you in a crisis?
How do you feel about the mental health system?
“He said the CMHF survey was “really encouraging” and he was “excited” that more young people had contacted the organisation.”
These young people do need to have an open dialogue with the people in the mental healthcare system.