Saturday 27 July 2013

Yet More Rent-seeking – For The Chiiildreeeeennn!

British youngsters are becoming increasingly unhappy - and their lower well-being should not be dismissed as "teen grumpiness"…
Eh? Says who?
The Children's Society has warned.
Oh, them again
Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children's Society, said: "The well-being of our future generation in the UK is critical. …
"These startling findings show that we should be paying particular attention to improving the happiness of this country's teenagers. "
That’s your interpretation of the data, Matthew. Mine’s rather different, I have to say.
Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos said of the report: "Interestingly, this report suggests that, when it comes to well-being, 14 and 15 year olds fare worse.
"It is so important that we don't simply dismiss this dip as an inevitable part of growing up, that it is just teenagers being teenagers. We really must talk to this generation and listen to what they have to say."
You mean, we must employ more psychologists? Like….you?
Emma-Jane Cross, founder and chief executive of MindFull …
Oh, her again
...said: "Far too often, people overlook teenage wellbeing and mental health issues because they put the symptoms down to angst or moodiness.
“This damaging attitude can no longer continue when so many are desperately unhappy and struggling with serious issues including self-harm and suicidal thoughts."
Oh, do shut up! Don't you have enough of your rapacious mouth clamped around the pubic teat already? Just how many more important issues can you insert yourself into?
Lucie Russell, director of campaigns and policy at well-being and mental health charity YoungMinds, said: "These findings must not be dismissed as simply an inevitable part of growing up.
"Last year our parents' helpline received a record number of calls from parents concerned about the mental health or well-being of their child. We must take notice of these warning signs and act if we are not to see children increasingly struggling to cope."
We've seen just where the over-medicalisation of perfectly normal aspects of growing up has lead us, with the rise in ADHD and dyslexia diagnoses.

Now we're going down the same route with teenage blues? Which if this swarm of lampreys is listened to, will mean your teen should be assessed for a straitjacket?

Enough of this. Enough of them.


Joe Public said...

Makes you wonder how today's middle-aged & pensioners managed to develop from their youth in the absence of such apparently-crucial "support".

Notwithstanding, their parents/grandparents couldn't afford the taxation requirements. [Or, world wars could be deemed to have had at least one positive benefit.]

John Pickworth said...

British youngsters are becoming increasingly unhappy...

I know. Now that Savile, Hall and Glitter are no longer around, all the fun seems to have simply drained away.