Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year [1].

In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week [2].

Are mental health problems increasing?

The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope. 

It appears that how people cope with mental health problems is getting worse as the number of people who self-harm or have suicidal thoughts is increasing

This link leads to an article on the Independent on the numbers affecting children with mental Health isssues.

It states that according to the NHS 1 in 8 children are suffering with some form of anxiety or depression. That means in an average class of 30, 4 could be experiencing some form of mental heath disorder.

Other statistics show that:

The YouGov survey of 1,323 schoolchildren in Britain also determined how feelings of being ‘worried or sad’ affected their wellbeing and behaviour, finding that: 

  • nearly four in ten (38%) said that it caused them difficulty with going to sleep
  • more than a quarter (27%) said they got into fights or arguments 
  • more than one in four (26%) said that it caused them to struggle to do their homework
  • more than one in four (27%) didn’t want to be around others. 

So this is where Martial Arts can help with these issues, not just in children but also adults.

Martial arts has been show time and again that it helps with stress release, improving your mood, developing confidence in your abilities and much more.

Not only when you come to class you are working and training with friends but also everyone is in the same boat learning together, this helps build camaraderie and helps relieve anxiety in that moment then with consistent effort it can be transferred outside the dojo.

Over the years I have had many student confide that since starting training they have become less anxious, more confident and have a better belief in their ability to complete task, which before may have seemed ”too difficult”.

Starting Martial Arts is something that gives you so much more than kicking and punching, however no one can convince you of the results you have to experience them yourself, so what are you waiting for????