The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Reports on Mental Health Risks to Teenagers

A Report Links Unemployment with Teenage Mental Ill Health

Teenagers may be more at risk of mental ill health because they are staying longer in education after leaving school, a review from the Nuffield Foundation says.

The review, Social Trends and Mental Health, is part of the Foundation’s Changing Adolescence Programme. It found that teenagers in the mid-2000s were twice as likely to frequently feel depressed or anxious than were those growing up in the mid-1980s.

Staying longer in education after leaving school can result in a prolonged period of ‘unstructured adolescence’ that may be linked to depression, the Foundation says. Another possible factor is the greater exposure of young people today to drugs and alcohol. The Foundation also warns that the increases in unemployment and poverty since 2008 may exacerbate the rising rates of anxiety and depression in this age group.

The psychotherapists at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice in London’s Harley Street work with sufferers of depression and anxiety in order to help develop an understanding of what lies behind the symptoms and thereby help alleviate the difficult feelings.