Supporting the next generation of business

The young people of today are the CEO’s, entrepreneurs and workforce of tomorrow. But with anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide and many other mental health issues on the rise there is now more emphasis on supporting our young people. 15% of people will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives, half of those will develop mental illness abefore the age of 14 and threequarters by their mid-20s.

So, the problem is big and it’s growing. That is why the work of the lowdown in Northampton is so important. The lowdown is a charity providing free and confidential counselling for 12-25 year olds. In 2016/17 the lowdown provided 4,789 support sessions at their Kingswell Street base in Northampton town centre and many young people with professional help have been able to reclaim their lives.

Why are we seeing such a disturbing growth in mental illness in young people? We are not sure but stresses from social media, housing and employment concerns may be contributing factors. We have seen a 37% rise in young people accessing our service.

There is good news too: we know at the lowdown that early intervention really makes a difference. The earlier young people are helped professionally, the better. It’s also good that there is less of a stigma associated with mental illness now.

Mental health in the workplace is also now much better understood with growing recognition from employers and HR professionals of the need for support and providing access to professional help. Our ambition at the lowdown is to build on our current knowledge by working with employers to provide a service to tackle mental health issues in the workplace.

The lowdown has also responded to the needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender young people by establishing weekly support groups. We have also seen an increase in demand for sexual health services, including contraception and chlamydia and other screening provided by a medical professional. This service is generously sponsored by First Point Insurance.

In this environment of growing and unmet need, the lowdown has been working hard to provide as much help as possible to young people. As a small local charity, we rely heavily on donations and sponsorship- as well as our amazing volunteers. If you can help in any way either by helping us to fund services or by talking to us about needs in your organisation or if you want to refer any of your young staff members, contact or call 01604 634385.