Lucy has co-written a blog on child mental health, together with Labour's Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger.
First published in the Huffington Post on 8th February 2016
It is said that school days are the best days of our life. Adults looking back on their life often feel nostalgic for the simple joy of being young, the sense of wonder that accompanies learning about the world in which we live, spending the best part of the day with friends, and without having to worry about earning money or paying bills.
The reality today is that young people are growing up in a fast-paced world that is constantly changing around them. Pressures that didn't exist fifty, thirty or even ten years ago now form a huge part of their everyday lives.
Parents are increasingly worried their children are coming home from school stressed due to the constant pressure of exams and assessment. Issues at home with family relationships, challenges with adolescence and growing up, not to mention the additional difficulties LGBT young people can face at home and school, mean that children and young people can often feel worried and isolated.