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Young Minds Matter: Are We Neglecting the Mental Health of Children and Young People?

child depression

 

These statistics are unsettling.

10% of children will experience a mental health problem, but it most cases, intervention comes much later than it should.

There are obvious speculations to be made about why this is – often children’s responses to mental health problems get dismissed as mere ‘naughtiness’ until the behavioural pattern becomes significant (or even dangerous) enough to warrant escalation by teachers or parents.

So What Are The Risk Factors?

  • Long term illness
  • Parents with a history of mental health problems, alcohol or substance abuse, or problems with the law
  • The death of someone close to them
  • Parents’ divorce or separation
  • Being a victim of bullying
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Living in poverty
  • Experiencing discrimination for their race, religion or sexuality
  • Being a carer, or having other adult responsibilities
  • Prolonged educational difficulties

This list is, of course, not exhaustive, and it is not to say that children who don’t experience these things don’t develop mental health problems.

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What Are The Most Common Mental Health Problems in Children?

Children and young people can develop any of the same conditions that adults can, but there are some which have proved prevalent among children and young people. The following list contains some (though not all) of the most common, along with warning signs to look out for.

  • Depression – as with adults, children with depression may withdraw from social activities, or experience difficulty concentrating in school (sometimes resulting in a dip in grades)
  • Self-Harm – particularly common in teenagers, they may cut, scratch or burn themselves (often on the arms or legs)
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder – children may become reluctant to do particular activities, have difficulty concentrating, or become more fidgety or agitated
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – usually a response to a traumatic event or experience, which can be anything from a death in the family to abuse
  • Eating Disorders – this can be purposely under-eating, over-eating, or purging. Look out for secrecy about food habits (either secret eating or hiding uneaten food), anxiety at meal times, or rapid weight loss or gain.

 

Top 10 Tweets from #DAW2016

You may have seen Twitter explode this week with people sharing their experiences of depression using #WhatYouDontSee

This is all to do with Depression Awareness Week, and this hashtag is all about shattering stereotypes of what it’s like to have depression, and bring the reality of this widely misunderstood illness into the public eye.

Missed it?

Here are our top 10 contributions from Twitter users from around the world!

 

The shame still associated with a condition that affects 1 in 5 adults:

 

How depression affects daily life and work:

 

How even the smallest things can feel like a crushing disaster: 

 

The problems of public perception of mental illness :

 

Depression isn’t just ‘feeling sad’:

 

Feeling bad about feeling happy:

 

The inherent contradiction of wanting and not wanting help at the same time:

 

 

You can’t know the struggles people face inside: 

 

It’s not rudeness, it’s depression:

 

And finally, the proof of how important #DAW2016 is, and how good it is to know you’re not alone: 

 

Teen Film Highlights Mental Health Issues

Chrysalis Not For Profit has learned that a Leeds-based teenage director has spoken out on his latest project; a “gritty” production which sheds some much needed light on teenage mental health issues.

Teenage mental health

During the years between childhood and adulthood, many people face a new challenges that can lead to the development of mental health conditions such as stress and depression. Statistics gathered by Young Minds, a UK children’s mental health charity, indicate that one in ten people aged 5-16 have a mental health condition. Meanwhile, more than half of adults with mental health conditions were diagnosed in childhood.

Beneath the Shadows

Therefore teenage mental health is a serious issue in the UK; one which 18 year old film-maker Gage Oxley from Whinmoor, Leeds, sought to highlight in his new production Beneath the Shadows. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Gage’s production company Six° Films completed the project this year, and its trailer has already collected more than 2,000 views on YouTube.

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First Men’s Mental Health Centre Opened in UK

New reports have shown Chrysalis Not For Profit that a mental health charity has recently opened the UK’s first mental health centre for men in Burton upon Trent.

Mens mental health

There’s evidence to suggest that men across the world face serious mental health issues. Figures from the World Health Organisation indicate that 510,000 men die as a result of suicide around the planet every year; one man every minute.

Stephen Buckley, from mental health charity Mind, shed light on the issue to BBC Newsbeat. He noted: “Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 and, overall, men account for three-quarters of all suicides. Men talk less about their problems than women do, and instead might watch TV, play sport, or drink as a way of coping.”

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Studies suggest that men across the world face serious mental health issues

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Forgiveness Can Reduce the Risk of Depression

A new study has shown Chrysalis Not For Profit that the act of forgiveness can reduce the risk of depression in older women, but not in older men.

Metal health in later life

As people age and retire, they face a change in lifestyle that can lead to the development of mental health conditions such as depression. Figures supplied by Mind, a UK mental health charity, indicate that one in five older people living in the community are affected by depression, whilst the same can be said about two in five older people living in homes.

Forgiveness and depression

Experts at the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences recently decided to look at how the different elements of forgiveness influenced feelings of depression in older adults. Counsel Heal reported that the act of forgiving someone else made it significantly less likely for older women to report feelings of depression.

Forgiveness

A study has shown Chrysalis Not For Profit that the act of forgiveness can reduce the risk of depression in older women.

Older men experienced high levels of depression when they felt unforgiven or were forgiven by others, whilst self-forgiveness didn’t prove to be a safeguard against depression. Christine Proulx, a co-author of the study, explained its findings. She said: “When we think about forgiveness and characteristics of people who are forgiving — altruistic, compassionate, empathetic — these people forgive others and seem to compensate for the fact that others aren’t forgiving them.

“It sounds like moral superiority, but it’s not about being a better person. It’s ‘I know that this hurts because it’s hurting me,’ and those people are more likely to forgive others, which appears to help decrease levels of depression, particularly for women.” Proulx added, “self-forgiveness didn’t act as the protector against depression,” because “it’s really about whether individuals can forgive other people and their willingness to forgive others.”

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The challenges of every stage of life can lead to mental health conditions such as depression. Talking therapies like counselling can help people deal with these underlying issues to overcome mental health conditions. By signing up to a range of Chrysalis courses offered by Chrysalis Not For Profit, you can learn how to become a professional counsellor and help people living with mental health conditions.

Established in 1998, Chrysalis Not For Profit is now the UK’s market-leading trainer in talking therapies. We offer creative, enjoyable and relaxed courses, fully accredited by the relevant professional bodies on a part-time basis to fit around your commitments.

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