Tackling the challenges facing young people today
Your students are facing increasingly complex lives, and are experiencing many pressures that can harm their physical and mental wellbeing and affect their educational attainment. It's vital that they learn how to confront these challenges and feel supported in doing so.
Public Health England (PHE), the Government's national public health agency, leads in producing evidence and resources to engage with young people about their physical and mental health, and has created the Rise Above programme to help young people build resilience and cope with the challenges life throws at them.
Half of the most common health issues in adults are driven by habits and behaviours formed during adolescence. Between 11 and 16, many young people start experimenting with risky behaviours, including smoking, drinking alcohol, having sex and taking drugs.
Access to social media and the internet is now a part of their everyday lives, but it can pose risks to their health and wellbeing, with studies suggesting that excessive screen time can be associated with lower levels of self-reported happiness, lower self-esteem, and behaviour and attention problems. Some young people appear to be living their lives through the prism of social media, with its distortion of perceptions of personal appearance and social acceptance, and the attendant harm this can cause to young people's mental and physical wellbeing.