Thursday 26 April 2018

Anxiety most common problem among young people in Ireland - Jigsaw

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Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Seventy-five per cent of all adult mental health problems arise before the age of 25, according to new research by Jigsaw, the national centre for youth mental health.

The most common problems that young people (aged between 12-25) presented with in 2016 were: anxiety (38pc), low mood (30pc), stress (20pc), anger (15pc), and sleep difficulties (14.5pc).

Relationship difficulties, family breakdown, bullying, exam stress, financial pressures, isolation and peer pressure, are all factor which commonly contribute to these issues, the group said.

“We realise that mental health is a cross cutting issue that is deeply entrenched in every aspect of Irish society – particularly when it comes to young people, “Jigsaw CEO, Dr Joseph Duffy, said.

“Demand for mental health supports is greater than ever, with services becoming increasingly under-resourced and over-stretched.”

Meanwhile, Dr Gillian O’Brien, Jigsaw’s Director of Clinical Governance, says: “Our data shows that 74pc of 17-25 years olds and 56pc of 12-16 years olds achieved a reliable improvement in psychological distress from pre- to post-intervention.”

Over the past 10 years, Ireland has made very significant progress, Dr Duffy added.

“Our country’s mental health support services, charities, and our communities at large, are all dedicated to achieving a mentally healthy Ireland.”

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