Young people today are exposed to more than every due to the accessibility of online content and technological developments. The pressures we knew as just part of growing up morphed into potentially dangerous situations with the ability to overwhelm the senses. Young Minds developed a youth led campaign to create a coalition fighting for the mental health and well-being of all young people. Out of this initiative Young Minds Vs was born. It launched in January 2014. Their goal is fight the rising pressures by:
- raising awareness of their campaign
- representing the campaign in the media and galvanizing the voices of children and young people
- working with local and national decision makers to influence services for children and young people
- partnering with organisations seeking to promote mental health among young people.
Young Minds Vs has consulted with 5600 young people to find out the big issues that are affecting them today. The outcomes revealed the biggest pressures facing young people today are:
- school pressures
- lack of support and help; and
- future prospective i.e. – unemployment
As professionals it is our duty to help young people achieve stable living environments free from oversexualization, being harrassed due to perceived differences, with appropriate support for development and solid prospects for the future. It is up to the adults in the lives of children to make sure we are safeguarding and protecting them frrom mature content and situations which can impede their development of positive self esteem, healthy relationships and assure them there are places to get help should they need it at any point in their development.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be tackling the facts of what Young Minds Vs research has found, what is currently on offer to assist with these issues and what more we could be doing to ensure young people can grow with minimal external pressures to derail their development.