The annual youth index survey from the Prince's Trust has found that more than 1 in 10 adolescents are suffering from severe anxiety.

Results of the survey report that 13% of 16-25 year olds often feel too anxious to go outside, and unemployed young people in particular were more than twice as likely to be affected.

Many young people will grow up with anxiety and not know how to manage the condition or who to turn to for help. The lack of support and understanding regarding mental health issues means that this problem will continue until there is a change in how sufferers are perceived and treated.

Social anxiety is particularly apparent in young people but it is important to remember that anxiety can affect people in a variety of ways, for example through fear of own safety or losing a loved one. Some may be afraid to leave the house because they need to look after a parent, others may worry about things like paying bills and having enough food to eat.

This recent survey reinforces the impact that a mental illness such as anxiety can have on a persons life, and Tyneside Mind will continue to support and spread awareness on mental health so that over time these staggering figures will be brought down. We believe this will happen once there is a wide spread understanding of mental illness and better care provided to those that are suffering in silence.

If you think you may be suffering from anxiety or another mental health condition, do not hesitate to speak to Tyneside Mind, we will always be here to provide advice and support.

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