Mental health issues affect 1 in 10 young people.
Even more alarming, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health issue have not had the appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. So, it’s not difficult to see why mental health issues follow children from a young age right through to adulthood.
Parents want the best for their kids; the perfect childhood, love, affection and a good education. But, parents can’t always avoid complications with these. Things which instigate mental health issues in childhood can stem from situations outside of the home; such as classroom bullying and self-confidence issues due to social media influence. A parents role is to love and support their child, but as they aren’t therapists or mentors, and they might not always understand the way a young adult’s mind works, and this is where young adult support lacks.
The Struggles of Young Adults
Life as a young adult can be difficult. As parents, we might not understand the pressures and mental health issues that they face; especially as times have significantly changed since we were their age. Back when we were young, having an online presence wasn’t such an essential part of our lives (in fact, it was non-existent!), and mental health wasn’t as openly discussed or vigilant as it is today.
In the current age, there are many pressures a young adult can face:
- Bullying: Bullying can be experienced at any age. But sometimes it can impact us more when we are younger and are unable to put up a shield to protect ourselves or have the confidence to seek support. The impact of bullying at a young age can live with us as we age too, so it’s best to address it while your children are young so that it doesn’t affect their lives entirely; leading them to social anxiety or depression, for instance.
- Social Media Pressure: we’re in the age of technology, and young adults are swept up in the social media storm. Apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter leave kids subject to self-image issues, bullying and even potential grooming. It’s hard to talk to most kids about their social media because they are more likely to put on a brave face so that you don’t confiscate their gadgets.
- Sexuality: from a younger age, we start to learn about ourselves, and this can mean questioning our sexuality more. We live in a world where young adults have never been so exposed to sexuality on social media and in films. This causes them to become more aware of their sexual orientation and activity (or lack of) and feel self-conscious about their choices. Rather than avoiding a conversation surrounding sexuality with your child, they can open up to a therapist who has complete confidentiality. As an ‘outsider’, they are more likely to be trusted.
- GCSE Stress: young adults may feel pressured into choosing their educational paths and future careers. And their GCSE’s can be one of the most stressful periods of their lives as they spend months preparing for the tests which can dictate their future. Childline found that 96% of those they surveyed were stressed about their upcoming exams. It can be hard for young people to find an outlet that enables them to talk about this stress as they often try and hide their emotions.
College and University Students
As we progress through education and enter college and university, we can be susceptible to further mental health issues. For many people, it can be the first time away from family, while for others, further exam stress can become too much to handle. As we approach the end of young adulthood, it can feel excruciatingly lonely and pressurised.
There are many reasons as to why college or university students could be facing mental health issues such as depression, but the following are some of the most prevalent:
- Isolation/Being Away from Family: going to university can feel like a massive transition for many young adults, but that doesn’t stop more than 50% of young people going to university for further education. There’s no legal requirement to continue education after 18 years old, but university is seen as a step in the right direction for many careers. Though for many people, they will have to leave their family at home and start living alone, or with strangers. This can be scary and isolating for some, causing even further mental stress from being homesick. Without getting support from a professional, these mental health issues can impact their happiness, education and future.
- Making Friends: colleges and universities are great places to expand our social circle and meet new friends. Socialising is integral to boosting our mental health and keeping issues like depression at bay. But those of us who lack social skills can find this hard and be more vulnerable to feelings of isolation, or even being bullied. As you are older now, it might be harder to speak to your parents who you think won’t understand or support your struggles. A therapist like myself can understand your emotions, and work with you to overcome these struggles so that you can continue in the right path of opening up to social possibilities.
- Exam Stress: if you’re in college and university, you could be faced with further exams and assignments, which can cause a lot of mental stress and anxiety. These serious mental health issues can follow you even as you leave education and enter the working world. By tackling them now while you’re still young, you can find the reasoning behind these emotions and prepare yourself for similar stresses in the future.
- Money Issues: college and university give us a taste of freedom, both socially and financially. When we reach eighteen, not all of us are cut loose; our parents still help provide for us, shelter and pay for us when visiting home from university. Others might not have this dependency and could be estranged from their family; for them, it’s much harder to be financially stable on their own. Without role models and support, it can be hard keeping track of money, and as a result, debt could be on the horizon; thus, resulting in mental hardship.
If you are the parent of a young adult or you’re a young adult seeking support, therapy can be the most beneficial solution. With expert guidance and advice, as well as my life’s dedication in the field which has given me experience in working with a range of clients, both young and older, I can give you the tools and confidence to recover.
It can often be hard to speak to your loved ones about your struggles as you fear that they might see you in a different light or make it their responsibility to ‘fix’ you. In therapy sessions, I can offer you the young adult support that you need, and work towards a solution that is designed entirely for you. Everything shared with me is confidential, which can give you the confidence that my support is unbiased and completely trustworthy.
Don’t struggle alone – counselling can help.
Life can be hard – we all encounter stressful and challenging life events such as relationship breakdown, family and work-related problems, illness or bereavement, to name a few. During these often difficult times talking to an experienced, professional therapist can really make a difference.
Asking for help can be difficult and it is important to find the right compassionate, knowledgeable and non-judgemental person for you. That is where Dr Liddy Carver can help. Fully trained, accredited, registered and insured, she offers person-centred counselling and psychotherapy, helping a variety of people to enhance their sense of well-being.
- Ph.D. A Co-operative Inquiry into Counselling and Psychotherapy Trainers’ Inter and Intra-Personal Concerns and Challenges in a Higher Education Context
- M.A. (Distinction) Clinical Counselling
- Clinical Supervision (Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Whether you are here to find help to a more fulfilled and happier you, or helping a loved one move through a difficult chapter in life, Dr Liddy Carver can help you.
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Change, even positive change, can be quite difficult at times. Dr Liddy Carvers’ counselling sessions in Cheshire, challenge you to sit with uncomfortable emotions, to explore your pain, all in an effort to experience life’s exhilarating joys. To go through such a journey in the presence of another is truly courageous.