ACP & BPC letter published in Independent: young people are under too much pressure

ACP Chair Heather Stewart has had a joint letter published with British Psychoanalytic Council Chair Helen Morgan in Friday's printed edition of the Independent in response to an article by Geraldine Bedell on the UK's teenage mental health crisis.

The letter, titled 'Young people are under too much pressure', says: "Geraldine Bedell's article on the teenage mental health crisis was sobering and disturbing.

"The dominant narrative of the time we live in is of austerity and competition.  In both public and private sector consulting rooms across the country our psychotherapists and child psychotherapists increasingly see anxious and traumatised individuals, troubled by matters such as work pressure, money worries, addiction to social media, and loss of control over one's life.

As a society, we will likely face worsening adult mental health if we do not begin to challenge the expectations and unrealistic pressures foisted on young people today.  With the enormous pressure placed on young people, where the prevailing narrative is that everything is down to individual endeavour and anything less than the highest grades in exams is failure, is it any wonder that so many teenagers are suffering?"

Read Geraldine Bedell's article in full here