I don’t know if you know, but Natasha Devon has been axed from her position. She’s an absolute mental health champion, continually putting young people’s needs first, which is a rare feat in government to say the least. As Devon states, “Anxiety is the fastest growing illness in under 21s”. It isn’t a coincidence that this can be correlated to the upward shift in testing and the ramping up of academic pressure. As it stands at the moment, people my age face the prospect of massive debt on a degree that doesn’t even guarantee us a job. People younger than me are undoubtedly being put under an astronomical amount of pressure academically.
Very few listen to the young. The young often don’t have a voice in government, let alone young people that also happen to suffer from mental illness, myself included. By axing Devon, the governments dedication to mental health must be questioned, or as the mental health shadow minister put it in the Guardian, “this raises serious questions over the government’s commitment to listening to the evidence and acting in the best interests of young people’s mental health and wellbeing.” This may set back mental health positive educational policies by quite a way. It’s a damn shame.