There is no single explanation for why some young people experience difficulties with their mental health. Often mental health issues result from a combination of factors. Some factors may be internal, like having a family history of mental health issues or a personality type that tends towards negativity, perfectionism or self-doubt. Other factors are external, like a relationship break-up or school and exam related pressures.
It’s important to remember that just because a young person is going through a tough time, it doesn’t mean they will develop mental health issues. A supportive family can make a big difference to how well a young person copes with these kinds of events.
To learn about the warning signs, tips on how to start a conversation about mental health and advice on how to respond and support a young person, click here to find out more.