We live in a fast-paced, ‘instant’ culture, where we are pretty much always connected to a vast amount of information. This, alongside the current challenges society presents, like COVID-19, and the economic squeeze affects many of us in one way or another.
It’s no surprise there has been an impact on the mental health of adults and children, with stress and anxiety on the rise.
A recent article from the Office for National Statistics, which monitored and reported upon the effects of recent global events on people’s personal health and wellbeing, reported:
One in five adults experienced some form of depression during the COVID-19 pandemic- the rate doubled from pre-pandemic rates
Young women experienced particularly high rates, with 43% experiencing mental health issues in the first part of 2021
There was a reduction in adults seeking help for anxiety and depression – with a decrease in April 2020 of 57% compared to April 2019
So, it’s clear that we are finding times challenging and not always finding ways to help ourselves.
What we often don’t consider is how our mental health issues impact our children. While there can be a wide range of contributing factors to anxiety in our children, such as friendship group dynamics, moving house, starting a new school, tests, and exams, or even a traumatic life incident such as family illness or a car accident, if we can limit the impact our own stress and anxiety levels have on our children, this will be a positive step towards reducing theirs.