Having a read on my daily commute yesterday morning, I came across this article on mental health called “Recession leads to surge in mental health issues in children” (link below). It states that the number of young people and children under the age of 80 seeking help has risen 30 percent in only two years.
I sent this on to my colleague, Amie, as she is the communication guru, but we ended up having a “what came first, the chicken or the egg” kind of debate of the origins of these latest figures and, just like with the chicken or egg answer to the question, we ended up nowhere!
So I guess there are two strong opinions
Are more people accessing help as it is now more common and there is less stigma or taboo about it. I was more inclined on the recession being very harsh on people and spreading to affect an increasing number of households and kids pick up on this stress at home.
Or, are more and more about this, I think both the above are correct and, therefore, creating some sort of ripple effect. In my mind it works something like this: recession being harsh on households – more people being affected – more people seek help – therapy etc. becomes more common – the “shame” of needing help dies off – word of recommendations spreads as austerity hitting more households – and so on.
Mental health is a major priority to you and those around you. Mind it like you would your heart.