Young people at breaking point…

MAP have rallied twelve Norfolk youth organisations to co-sign a powerful open letter highlighting the challenges young people, particularly those in education, are going through.

In the letter, they explain that mounting stress and social isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are leaving the region’s young people “at breaking point”. It reads: “With the absence of their usual support networks, combined with increasing pressure from schools and teachers to catch up on missed work and meet exam targets, young people are reporting feeling overwhelmed, stressed and unwell”

[Young person in a medical mask getting her temperature measured by an electronic thermometer]

The letter has been signed by representatives of the organisations that work closest with young people in the county, co-ordinated by MAP, the Norfolk Youth Advisory Boards and YMCA Norfolk.

Reporting in the article from the EDP, John Fisher, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “The ongoing pandemic is having an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people across Norfolk and we’ve seen those working to support children and young people do everything they can to meet the changing challenges this has brought to schools and beyond.

“Schools have risen to the challenge by providing safe, secure environments  and continued trusted relationships with pupils, families and the wider community.”

The 12 organisations backing the open letter are:

  • ASD Helping Hands
  • Caring Together
  • Leeway
  • Lola Stafford Consulting Ltd
  • MAP
  • MTM Youth Services
  • Norfolk’s Members of Youth Parliament
  • Norfolk’s Youth Advisory Boards
  • Ormiston Families
  • Sprowston Youth Engagement Project
  • Young Activist Network
  • YMCA Norfolk

You can read the full letter here:

As reported in the EDP article here