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november 2021

Introducing work/life
why mental health matters

Our mental wellbeing is something none of us can afford to take for granted. 

The pandemic will long be remembered as one of the most mentally challenging periods in our recent history. A time where the elderly and infirm were most vulnerable physically, but young people were among the most vulnerable in terms of their mental health. 

 

Prolonged periods spent away from school and friends not only disrupted young people’s education, but also left many young people feeling isolated and disconnected from their peers. 

Add to this the uncertainty around exams, reduced opportunities for personal development, a marked increase in youth unemployment and you have a set of circumstances that would test even the most resilient among us. 

We cannot change what has already happened, but our actions now can help young people feel more positive about their future.  

At Speakers for Schools, we want to give young people the confidence to know that we take their mental health seriously and that our wider network of employers and policymakers does too. 

By sharing insights from respected speakers from a wide range of industries into their own personal struggles and challenges, we will seek to normalise conversations around mental wellbeing and mental health.

 

We will also be providing placements with employers who are actively making the workplace a more supportive space, so that young people can enter the workplace feeling more confident that their mental health at work will be taken seriously. Through this campaign, we will also aim to give young people a voice to ensure that their mental health and wellbeing is actively prioritised as we build back better. 

why young people's mental health matters

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1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem.

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age 14+

50% of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14.

This is particularly significant when you consider it in relation to recent research conducted by YouGov on behalf of The Prince's Trust which revealed that:

Found that their mental health worsened during the pandemic.