Researchers at UCL have been carrying out a regular survey of over 80,000 adults across England during the pandemic, to give us a wider picture of how it is impacting on our mental health. Their information is regularly updated week-by-week showing how government announcements and statistics are impacting on our wellbeing and it is important to remember in such difficult times, our mental health really is something we need to focus on.
Stress, in particular, can become a big problem for younger people. Understandably people aged 15-18 are particularly stressed at the moment due to the huge change in circumstances they may be facing. The COVID19 pandemic means the usual worries over exams and results are on hold as they aren’t taking place, and many aren’t sure what their immediate future will hold. Childline has reported a huge uptake in the number of calls its receiving and high levels of stress can lead to other health problems.
Pressure and your Mental Health
While the pressures on young people have changed at present, they’re not gone, and this is something that shouldn’t be forgotten. Children and younger adults will be worrying as much as everyone else with their own concerns and each concern is as valid as the next.
Worryingly, there are over one million people in the UK with a diagnosable mental health problem and some of these can be attributed to stress. The right coping mechanisms and access to support is key, as well as parental support.
Younger Children affected By Stress
Adults living with mental health problems are usually found to have had concerns younger in life too. 50% of all adult mental health problems occur before the age of 14, reports the charity Young Minds. Many mental health problems can be overcome and do not mean a life sentence of medication and difficulties, but not finding treatment or help when necessary can lead to more long-term problems. Stress can manifest in many ways and even the youngest children can become overwhelmed and stressed, making it important for parents and educators to notice changes in behaviour.
The Role of Educators in Managing Stress
Everyone experiences stress at some points in their life and it can be healthy experience if you have the tools and approaches to manage it effectively. Educators have a role in ensuring learners have access to the information and support available if they’re feeling overwhelmed or unable to manage. People react to different environments in different ways so while one learner may find exams stressful, another may not be able to comfortably handle the classroom environment. A good educator will work with the student to manage their stress and ensure they can achieve their potential.
Stress and COVID-19
Feeling stressed during the Coronavirus pandemic is to be expected, but if it becomes unmanageable, people should still reach out for help and support. While support services may be limited, charities and other bodies are still working hard to support anybody who needs help throughout this difficult time.
Young Minds is a leading mental health charity for young people and they are continuing to provide as much support as possible to anyone who needs advice or guidance.
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