Rise in Childline anxiety counselling sessions
There’s been a rise in the number of Childline counselling sessions in Scotland about anxiety.
971 sessions were provided in 2017/18 – a rise of more than a third on the previous year.
Across the UK, 88% of the anxiety support provided by the charity was given to girls.
Esther Rantzen, Childline Founder and President, said: “I am increasingly concerned at the huge rise in anxiety affecting our young people. It seems that the support they desperately need from family, friends, their schools or mental health professionals is either not there when they need it, or is failing them.
“Fortunately Childline is here to comfort and support them. But we must ask why for some young people is the world becoming such a difficult place? Unless we find effective answers to this question we know the anxieties they suffer from can get worse, leading to suicidal thoughts or chronic mental health problems as they get older.”
Jayne Laidlaw, Childline manager for the Glasgow base added: “Anxiety can be crippling and it is deeply worrying that the number of counselling sessions we are delivering for this issue is rising so quickly. Increasingly Childline is filling the gap left by our public mental health services, providing young people with a place they can go for round the clock help and advice.”