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Mental Health issues and young people.

Mental Health issues and young people.

After the recent report by The Children’s Society that a quarter of 14-year-old girls have self-harmed, many campaigners have  called for the root causes of the adolescent mental health crisis to be tackled – rather than just firefighting the symptoms.

Resilience lessons, peer mentoring, awareness campaigns and provision of early intervention may be valuable initiatives. But they do little to challenge the main causes of mental health issues – which are likely to be integral characteristics of a neoliberal economy, including austerity, global uncertainty and a highly pressured education system.

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