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Wellbeing: Coping with the news

With terrorism, Brexit and economic troubles dominating 24/7 news, how can we help the young to be more resilient in uncertain times? Dr Stephanie Thornton advises

We live in uncertain times. There is seemingly more economic and political upheaval and insecurity today than there has been for many decades.

There certainly seems to be more of a threat of war in and around Europe and elsewhere and a ruthless terrorism that might turn up anywhere. There are other global worries too, from the end of antibiotics to climate change. Making matters worse, the 24/7 news cycle is relentlessly apocalyptic, our screens filled with dreadful images. And the institution of the news itself is under threat: what’s fake and what’s real in this post-truth world?

It’s a frightening time. Teenagers see all this. More than any previous generation they are “plugged in” to broadcasts of news from one source or another, bathed in a 24/7 pool of Twitter and commentary. And the 24/7 nature of news now means more scrutiny and coverage of horrific events than ever before.

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