Poor mental health and wellbeing is increasing in girls
According to a recent study, ‘Longitudinal Study of Young People in England cohort 2: health and wellbeing at wave 2’, for the Department for Education, the mental health and wellbeing of teenage girls in England has declined in the last ten years. The study found that young people are now more serious and suffering increased psychological distress. The study links this decline with social media, technology, pressures from parents, single-parent families and worries about the tough competition for jobs and somewhere to live.
Meanwhile Sue Naughton-Marsh, a pychotherapist who specialises in helping people get rid of stress, anxiety and panic suggests that a ‘digital detox’ which involves reducing the amount of time spent on a mobile device or online, can help young people focus on what’s important to them and could have a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
To find out more about a digital detox, visit the Young Minds website.