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Worries over stress in children

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We may think that stress only affects adults, with worries over work and money being at the forefront of our minds. But worryingly, there are more and more children suffering the effects of stress, causing them to be unable to sleep at night or not eat.

Statistics

A recent poll has been carried out by YouGov and commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund. Their new initiative, Headstart, was set up to offer advice and support to young people to help them overcome the everyday stresses of modern life. They found that stress in children was common, with over half of all the 10 to 14 year olds questioned saying they felt stressed or worried at least once a week with more than one in six saying they felt like this everyday.

When asked the causes of their anxiety, 57% said that exam stress was the main culprit, with issues involving home life, such as divorce or redundancy in the family, coming in second with 31% stating this was their main cause for concern. A further 30% admitted that bullying in some way or another was he reason for their stress and worry.

The results of stress in children

As a result of the stresses and worries faced by youngsters, the survey found that 45% of them were unable to sleep. 21% of them avoid meeting up with friends and in 13% of children, the effects of their stress and worry caused them to be unable to eat. When asked who they were more likely to confide in over their worries, parents were first ahead of friends and then grandparents.

The importance of providing a support network so early

Because most of the help available surrounding mental health issues isn’t available until a child reaches 18, there is a huge amount of young people that are suffering in silence and not able to access the resources they may need. It was for these reasons that The Big Lottery Fund is investing £75 million to help provide children the support they need and provide them with the tools to be able to cope with the issues in life that can really trouble them.worries over stress in children

It is often these issues that start at such a young age, that can develop into more serious mental health problems as they grow into adults and it is well known that adults that suffer from mental health issues,  started to develop problems by the time they were 14. There is increasing concern that given the recent number of suicides in young people, if we don’t offer help and address these problems before they set root, they will quickly turn into more serious issues regarding self-esteem and confidence, and ultimately lead to crime, self harm and suicide. It is therefore imperative that the right support and access to it, is put in place at such an important stage in their lives.

Give kids a HeadStart

With HeadStart, it is hoped that this lost section of society can be provided with the right help and support from the offset, helping them to lessen the chances of developing long term mental health issues in adulthood and enabling and empowering them to grow up as healthy and happy individuals.

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After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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