A recent article on BBC news highlighted the issue that a one-size-fits-all approach to treating teenagers with anxiety problems may be putting lives at risk. University of Reading psychologists argue that adolescents face very distinct issues and call for tailored treatments.
Anxiety affects 30,000 children and adolescents in the UK and estimates suggest that 1 in 10 children between 5 to 16 have a mental health need. The statistics are shocking. We know that as many as 1 in 4 adults will suffer a mental health condition in their lifetime but we don’t hear enough in the news about child and adolescent mental health services.
Studies found that teenagers were receiving designed for younger children and therefore does not address the symptoms that occur in adolescence. This follows a BBC report that highlighted ‘serious and ingrained problems with child and adolescent mental health charities.
There are so many issues with mental health at the moment – the lack of funding, stigma, aftercare etc and it is extremely worrying. As a teacher, I have seen younger and younger students being referred to mental health services and a one-size-fits-all approach is ridiculous! There needs to be tailored care but with such a strain and lack of funding from the government, things will only get worse.
Nick Clegg wants to make mental health a big part of his election campaign, but after what happened to raising university fees, I don’t trust or believe in him. We need specialised, tailored therapy for adolescence and we need funding!