According to the charities, Anxiety UK and YouthNet, the number of 16-25 year olds looking for online help with anxiety is on the rise.
In January, Anxiety UK reported 5,000 total visits to their site by youngsters – a significant rise compared to the 3,500 visits recorded at the same time last year.
Similarly, YouthNet’s figures also showed an increase, with 10,936 visitors compared to 9,611 a year ago.
This new data comes to light following the introduction of new guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which aim to improve the standard of care for people experiencing anxiety disorders.
Previously, sufferers were typically given prescription drugs to help treat their anxiety symptoms, and despite the NICE guidelines insisting on psychological help, very few were actually given access to this service following their diagnosis.
Essentially, the main concern of charities Anxiety UK and YouthNet is that the increase in anxiety – particularly among young people – isn’t being met with the necessary support.
Terri Torevell from Anxiety UK said: “There needs to be more support for young people with anxiety.
“Anxiety is normal, it’s treatable and getting help early can help a person to not experience those feeling any longer than they need to.”
Emma Rubach from YouthNet expressed similar qualms: “Anxiety is a ticking time bomb among young people. For many years it hasn’t really been recognised that they’re suffering from this.”
It is thought that today’s digital culture is greatly contributing to the growth in anxiety, especially among young people:
“I certainly think young people have it tougher – never being able to switch off,” Rubach added. “You have your phone in your pocket, you’re on social media on all the time, and it’s really hard to step away from that sometimes.”