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(UK) Fivefold increase in mental illness among college students

Sept 25, 2017 (UK) Tes: 'Our young people need compassion and a sense of direction now more than ever' https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/our-young-people-need-compassion-and-a-sense-direction-now-more-0 It’s not every day you’ll hear me quote Whitney Houston lyrics. And yet in this song, Whitney got it absolutely right. Letting children and young people lead the way is our challenge today. It takes record-breaking determination, dedication, perseverance and, above all, trust to lead and to serve others. That’s a big ask of anybody, but for young people who are also contending with issues of depression, self-doubt, insecurity and fear, the challenges are greater still. One in 10 teenagers reports strong feelings of anxiety over current world affairs. At the other end of the scale, octogenarian Dame Judi Dench was on the radio recently saying that she had stopped watching the evening news because of the huge anxiety it triggered. The Institute for Public Policy Research last year revealed the number of students disclosing a mental illness at university had risen almost fivefold in the past decade, with an increase in alcohol and drug misuse, self-harm and even suicide. Yet local authority mental health services for children have been cut or are facing closure. …