The world's a lot for teenagers right now. Exam results, developing identities, raging hormones, a global pandemic, bullying, social media comparisons, climate anxiety, family issues, and the list goes on.
Almost half of young people struggle with anxiety and recently more than 400,000 children and young people a month are being treated for mental health problems – the highest number on record.
Connecting with each other through conversations can ease stress and reduce anxiety. And although it can feel difficult and awkward to open up and discuss some of these issues, it’s important to keep trying - because it can take time to break through.
Christmas brings with it opportunities for shared activities that can make those conversations easier, whether it’s baking, decorating the tree, creating playlists, getting crafty, singing - all of these can be great moments for a chat.
So let’s all take a moment and reach out to the teenagers in our lives to show them we’re here.
Britain Get Talking - keep making time to break through.