The Prince's trust annual youth survey has found that more than 1 in 10 young people are suffering from anxiety problems.
The survey reports that 13% of 16-25 year olds are often too anxious to leave their homes, and unemployed young people in particular are 50% more likely to encounter the condition.
It is common for young people to grow up with anxiety and not know how to deal with the condition or who to approach for help. The limited support and understanding of mental health issues means that this problem will continue until there is a significant change in the perception and treatment of sufferers.
Anxiety in social situations is particularly common in young people but it is important to remember that anxiety can affect people in a variety of ways, for example through fear of getting hurt or losing a loved one. Some may be afraid to leave the house because they need to look after a family member, others may worry about things like paying bills and having enough money for food
This recent survey reinforces the fact that a mental illness can seriously alter a persons quality of life. Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind promise to continue providing support and information on mental health so that over time these alarming statistics will start to improve. We believe this will happen once there is a wide spread understanding of mental illness and better care provided to people that are suffering. We urge those to remember, that regardless of your circumstances, you are not alone.
If you think you could be suffering from anxiety or another mental health condition, do not hesitate to contact Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind, we will always be here to give support and advice.