Family issues most troubling for children and young people

 

NECS data reveals family issues bring most concerns to children and young people

NECS data shows that just over 50% of children and young people we’ve helped can be anxious because of conflict or family issues at home. NECS has worked with 1,000’s of children and young people, as young as four, for a number of years through funded projects such as Big Lottery and Newcastle Gateshead CCG.

Children and young people are under more and more pressure these days – from exam stress, social media, image/appearance, peer group pressure, and deciding what to do when they leave school.

However, our data has provided an insight into what really concerns children and young people and the results may be surprising to many. Our data shows:

Top 4 presenting issues from children and young people 2016-17

1. Family Issues (54%)
2. Relationship Problems (37%)
3. School Issues (27%)
4. Attachment Issues (26%)

We’ve worked with children and young people from the age of 4-17 to help them understand what impact various influences are having on their life and how to improve it. Our experienced counsellors use a wide variety of play therapy techniques to understand what is going on and help them to become more settled.

The Mental Health Foundation states that:

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:

  • being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
  • having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
  • being part of a family that gets along well most of the time
  • going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
  • taking part in local activities for young people.

Other factors are also important, including:

  • feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe
  • being interested in life and having opportunities to enjoy themselves
  • being hopeful and optimistic
  • being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed
  • accepting who they are and recognising what they are good at
  • having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community
  • feeling they have some control over their own life
  • having the strength to cope when something is wrong (resilience) and the ability to solve problems.

Most children grow up mentally healthy, but surveys suggest that more children and young people have problems with their mental health today than 30 years ago. That’s probably because of changes in the way we live now and how that affects the experience of growing up.

Source: Mental Health Foundation (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people)

At NECS we have a successful track record of helping children and young people to improve their resilience and enable them to manage and cope with issues they face. Here’s a short video that reveals the data we have collated and how we can help. Feel free to give us a call if you have a son or a daughter that needs help. We have some FREE support for children and young people aged 9-25 who live in Gateshead.

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