FE news reports that leading independent charity the Health Foundation warns future health of the next generation at risk due to lack of opportunities in home towns.
More than 4 in 5 young people would miss their families, friends and support networks if they moved away from their home town, with a fifth (19%) also missing the sense of belonging they have in their community, says new research.
Despite this, over half (53%) of young people say they have moved or plan to move away, and of these two-thirds (63%) say they do not intend to, or don’t know if they will, return.
The Health Foundation is warning that the core building blocks for a healthy future – a place to call home, potential for secure and rewarding work, and supportive relationships with their friends, family and community – are too often forgotten.
In their new report, The Health Foundation investigates some of the key issues impacting young people’s successful transition into adulthood, identifying:
- The current economic climate is putting many families under intense pressure, meaning many young people are not getting crucial support at home.
- Rising pressure on academic performance in schools is enforcing a results-driven culture, with insufficient focus on real work experience and practical life skills. Young people highlighted this as a key factor for their mental health.
Jo Bibby, Director of Health at the Health Foundation, commented: “Our recommendations for change, due in 2019 will demonstrate what’s needed to ensure the next generation is given the right opportunity to flourish.”
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