Young people’s health at risk due to lack of regional education opportunities

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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