Childline annual review shows anxiety counselling sessions have almost doubled in 2 years
More young people are seeking help for anxiety after feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of modern life. Childline, which launched its annual review 'The Courage to Talk' today, is increasingly the place they turn for support.
In 2017/18 Childline delivered 21,297 counselling sessions to young people trying to cope with feelings of anxiety – almost twice as many as 2 years ago1. At least 88% of counselling sessions where the gender was known were with girls2.
Young people gave several reasons why they were feeling anxious, including bullying and cyberbullying, eating and relationship problems and problems at school with homework and exams.
Some also experienced anxiety alongside other mental health issues like depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, while others reported suffering abuse, neglect or loss.