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The ‘mental health crisis’ in young people: real or contrived?

'A yawning generation gap has appeared in British society.'
Mental health

'A yawning generation gap has appeared in British society'

Teachers, mainstream media, Department of Health policy documents, political conferences, the royal family: they’re all talking about a mental health crisis in younger people.

But is it real or contrived?

A yawning generation gap has appeared in British society. Whereas older folk are seen as stoical and reluctant to talk about mental health, the younger generation is tolerant to the point of celebrating psychological vulnerability.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also given their support to the campaign for raising mental health awareness.

Emotional difficulties

But rather than a deficit, is there too much focus on emotional difficulties? And might this divert attention from patients with severe psychiatric disorder?

Certainly, adolescence is a challenging stage of life. The bridge from child to adult can be difficult

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