49% of young people in Ireland report having above-average levels of anxiety 

Anxiety affects the lives of many young people in Ireland and the landmark My World Survey 2 launched in November 2019 shows those numbers are rising. 22% of young people aged 12-19 reported severe or very severe anxiety; this has doubled since the previous survey carried out in 2012.

We can effectively combat this worrying trend. Together we can ensure that young people have the skills to identify and address their anxiety.

In 2016, Youth Work Ireland first launched Be Well: A Support Pack for Young People to Identify and Address Anxiety. Influenced by the Friends Resilience Programme, a World Health Organisation recognised programme of support to encourage resilience, Be Well uses the well-known 5-A-Day approach to teach young people how to cope with everyday anxiety. This one-hour workshop has been piloted with over 350 young people, volunteers and staff and has been externally reviewed by clinical psychologists.

Today, we are launching a brand new campaign to bring the Be Well Pack where it is needed most: to under-served communities across Ireland. Written by youth worker Dr. Leighann Ryan Culleton from Youth Work Ireland Member Carlow Regional Youth Service, this pack is designed to be run by youth workers and volunteers in their local communities and is ready to be delivered on a national scale.

The mental wellbeing of our young people is a pressing concern. Youth Work Ireland’s 21 Regional Youth Services and their hundreds of trained staff can deliver anxiety education right where it is needed. But this is an enormous task and we need your help. We want to bring this pack to over 100,000 young people nationwide so that they can identify when and what makes them feel anxious, learn how to address this and, and if necessary, get additional support.

With a €10 contribution, you can #GiveTheGiftOfWellbeing to one young person today.