Teenagers in Hull and the East Riding are too stressed to sleep

Published: Friday 26th June 2015 by KCFM

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Research released today suggests many teenagers in the region are struggling to sleep due to stress

Figures show 43% of 16 and 17 year olds in our region suffer from sleepless nights, anxiety and even depression; The worst effected in the country.

Amy Gibbs from the Children’s Society believes there needs to be a change in policy:

“There are severe gaps in the law and in services which mean these young people who are struggling with anxiety but also with more serious problems, like risk of homelessness or sexual exploitation, simply aren’t being protected and they’re being let down.”

She believes young people need increased protection and support:

“For changes in the law to make sure people are protected right up to 18, but also that when they’re struggling with their mental health or with other issues like sexual exploitation or risk of homelessness, that the support services are in place locally and they’re age-appropriate support.”

Amy says extra support is needed at such a challenging age:

“It’s not just an awkward age. It’s really serious for those young people, it’s seriously awkward; and the systems are not there to protect these people, and that’s why we’re calling for changes in the law and better services, to make sure that young people facing mental health problems and other issues can get the support they need.”

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Published: Friday 26th June 2015 by KCFM

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