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Young People’s Mental Health affecting Grandparents sleep

A third of grandparents say that mental health is their biggest fear for their grandchildren and half of parents surveyed by Mind said that they fear that their children’s mental health has worsened through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mental health is one of the primary concerns of parents and grandparents with only one in five grandparents believing the UK government is doing enough to support young people’s mental health. Over four in five (85 per cent) of all parents are worried about the long-term impact of the pandemic on their children. These shocking statistics highlight the crisis parents and grandparents are experiencing first-hand when it comes to the mental health of their own children and grandchildren.

The mental health needs of young people are increasing rapidly. Recent figures show that one in six children aged five to 16 identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2021*. In 2017, it was one in nine young people. However young people are still left facing an agonising wait in a system that cannot keep up with demand and the UK government’s response so far has just not been good enough.

The scale of unmet need for relevant and appropriate mental health support for young people is huge and growing. By not acting now the UK government risks failing a whole generation. A successful 10-year cross-government plan for mental health must commit to Funding the Hubs. The provision of a network of early support hubs for young people across England would make sure 11-25 year-olds have somewhere to go when they first start to struggle – rather than being left to reach crisis point and needing more intensive – and expensive – support. The earlier a young person gets support for their mental health, the more effective that support is likely to be.

Paul Farmer, CEO, Mind

Grandparents’ Survey Findings

  1. Only one in five (21 per cent) of grandparents think the government is doing enough to support young people’s mental health
  2. Four in five (79 per cent) think young people face more pressure now than in their day
  3. Almost two in three (63 per cent) think young people are lonelier now than in their day
  4. 1 in 6 (18per cent) grandparents say their own mental health or wellbeing has worsened because they’ve been concerned about their grandchildren’s mental health

Mental Health Hubs

Mind are driving a campaign for mental health hubs to provide vital wraparound wellbeing support for children and young people when they initially experience mental health problems, without needing a referral or appointment.

It’s distressing that parents and grandparents are not only seeing the devastating impact the pandemic has had on their children’s mental health but that it’s having an effect on their own wellbeing too. They’re desperate to know what they can do to help, and where they can turn for support and many feel like they face a brick wall when trying to access mental health support for their children. An investment that will provide early access to specialist children and young people’s counsellors in communities, such as in these hubs, is crucial in meeting the rising mental health demands of young people. We know there are trained and skilled counsellors able to take on these roles if funding was provided. The Government must listen to these calls for further investment in specialist counselling provision for those children, young people and families who desperately need support

Natalie Bailey, Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy