April 10, 2018, (UK) Northern Ireland, Irish News: Leona O'Neill: We urgently need to offer our children hope for a better future https://www.irishnews.com/lifestyle/2018/04/10/news/leona-o-neill-we-urgently-need-to-offer-our-children-hope-for-a-better-future-1299353/ With children reporting high levels of stress, worrying suicide rates among young people and teenagers increasingly seeing their future abroad rather than at home, we really need to take action, writes Leona O'Neill STARTLING research released last week revealed that nearly half of young people in Northern Ireland have experienced a mental health problem and that almost 70 per cent of our children say they regularly feel stressed. … The trust found that 44 per cent of young people in the north have experienced an issue with their mental health. They found 68 per cent of young people here regularly feel stressed and a third go as far as to say they regularly feel hopeless…. We here in Northern Ireland have a 25 per cent higher rate of mental illness than England and health experts say they are hugely concerned about the worsening mental health crisis here…. In response to the mental health crisis affecting young people in the north, a group of young people from The Prince's Trust Team programme in Belfast have created a mental health programme to support their peers….