Helen Martin: A generation crippled by this age of anxiety

A growing 'epidemic' across the world is mental health problems among teenagers. And as a result, in Scotland and elsewhere, there are deep concerns about the lack of support, waiting times for consultation and delivery of treatment.

A recent UK Department of Education survey (which doesn’t cover Scotland but brings a similar result) revealed that over one in three teen girls suffer from anxiety and depression, more than double the rate among teenage boys.

Scottish research shows bullying, low self-esteem, friendship issues, psychological effects of puberty and increasing sexual awareness are among the many contributors to mental imbalance, leading to lack of confidence affecting education, causing self-harming and basically leaving kids miserable as hell.