Around a quarter of the world’s population has an active Facebook account. The latest statistics (released in June 2017) showed that 2.07 billion people had logged into their Facebook account in the previous month, a much greater number than for any other social networking site.
As in relation to Internet use more generally, there has been much concern surrounding the potential psychological harm of Facebook use, particularly in relation to younger users, and when such use becomes excessive, intrusive, compulsive or even addictive. ‘Problematic Facebook Use’ (PFU), a wider umbrella term for “addictive-like symptoms and/or scarce self-regulation related to Facebook use reflecting in social and personal problems”, is reportedly an issue for up to 1 in 10 adolescents and young adults worldwide, and has become the focus of a growing body of research focusing on potential associations with psychological distress (including depression and anxiety) and, to a lesser extent, general well-being (e.g. reduced subjective happiness and life satisfaction) (Marino et al, 2016).
A new report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) examines new data on access to specialist treatment for children and young people with mental health problems, and the waiting times they face. This new data was obtained by EPI through a Freedom of Information request.
In a new report, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has examined the state of child and adolescent mental health inpatient services in England. The analysis explores the latest evidence and NHS data on admissions, quality of care, staffing and capacity.
The current mental health system is failing children and young people. Whilst in almost all areas of health and care reform the dominant trend is to encourage people to be more independent and resilient, in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), something has gone badly wrong. This report argues for reform of the mental health system to provide greater support for the majority of young people who will not receive treatment from specialist CAMHS whilst ensuring that those in desperate need of clinical intervention receive immediate help.
These reports examine the data and explore what protective factors may exist in a young person’s life which may be linked to their mental health outcomes, ranging from personal attributes, family, school, peer and wider community context.
Public Health England has also produced a summary of data from the most recent HBSC survey.