10. Challenges for policy and practice

10.5. Mental health problems

What this is about

Pressure to perform and succeed, feelings of competition, and stress are also increasing in young people. Consequently, they also increasingly experience psychosomatic disorders (i.e. disorders resulting from the interdependency of physical and mental well-being) and mental illnesses. Often, it is important that they seek professional help. However, the barriers to this are high whilst such illnesses remain stigmatised, a lack of available services means that waiting times are too long, and high costs make taking advantage of these services impossible. It is therefore important that people suffering from such issues should not be discredited, and that it is made easier for young people to obtain professional help. This is particularly true for young people with a low social status: they are more likely than others to be affected by issues such as these.