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Is the start of the school year already stressing your teenager out? NCS can help

teens stress

Growing up can be stressful at the best of times. National Citizen Service (NCS), a youth empowerment programme for 16 and 17-year-olds, is taking the lead in helping parents support teenagers as they make life-defining decisions. 

NCS has joined forces with Janey Downshire and Naella Grew from Teenagers Translated, counsellors specialising in teenage development, to help you help your teenagers navigate these difficult decision-making years.

What's more, you could also win £250 worth of Go Outdoors outdoor activity equipment for your teenagers (perfect for the outdoor adventure phase of NCS!).

The scale of the problem

A recent study by NCS revealed that a huge 88% of 12 to 18-year-olds will experience stress in a twelve month period, with two-thirds of cases going on to experience stress-related illnesses including insomnia, eating disorders and depression. While exam worries are the biggest contributor to teenage stress, the research revealed that stress also arises from the pressures of having to make decisions that will impact the rest of their lives.

In a series of advice videos exclusive to Mumsnetters, Janey Downshire and Naella Grew from Teenagers Translated, offer solutions for helping to avoid stress around decision making and the 'decision paralysis' that can often result from it.

You can also watch the three other videos in the series: Help motivate your teenager | Help your teen improve their social skills | Help your teenager cope with decisions

How NCS can help your teenager feel more positive about their future

Sometimes young people need to take a step back from the stresses of day to day life in order to realise their true potential and passions. NCS is a two to three week programme for 16 and 17-year-olds, which takes place three times a year, during school holidays. It's recognised by employers and recommended by UCAS to be referenced on personal statements.

In the first phase, teens will stay away at the outdoor activity centre for three nights and four days, participating in outdoor activities such as abseiling, water rafting and canoeing. In phase two, teens will live at home while continuing to meet up for a further three days, learning new skills including presentation, teamwork and leadership, while also finding out more about the needs of their local community. 30 hours will then be spent across evenings and weekends, devising and delivering an amazing social action project of their choice.

The value of a place on NCS is £1,500, but because the programme is government-funded, a place will cost no more than £50, with bursaries also available.

Find out more

WIN! Another lucky Mumsnetter will win a £250 Go Outdoors voucher.

Now, the really exciting part. Ahead of the autumn programme, NCS has teamed up with the UK's biggest outdoor activity store, Go Outdoors, to offer one lucky Mumsnetter the chance to win £250 worth of outdoor gear - perfect for your teen's outdoor adventures on NCS (and yes, maybe the odd music festival too!).

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question below. 

Competition closing date: 25 November 2015







Last updated: over 3 years ago