Young people's mental health - July 2018

Find out about the stigma that some young people face.

 Content Editor

​Mental health affects us all and is important to us all. It is about being able to enjoy friendships and personal relationships, being able to learn to cope with difficulties to the best of your ability, and believing in yourself.
We all go through difficult times, we feel anxious or angry or sad. Sometimes other people get us down. That’s part of life and it's important to learn how to cope. Sometimes these things can affect young people a lot, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and you forget your own important skills.
Some problems go away pretty quickly and we carry on, but if they are unidentified or ignored they tend to become bigger and cause even more distress, not only for young people, but for families, carers, and friends.
The problems that go on and on seem to take over and there’s a change in you, in your usual behaviour, your emotions or your thoughts. Sometimes anxiety and depression are severe and frequent enough to take over everyday life. People can then feel isolated, like no one gets it and that they can't cope.

Mental health difficulties can be isolating and challenging at the best of times, but this can be even more pronounced for young people, as such difficulties remove social connections, create absence from education and work, and can co-exist with difficult or fraught relationships with family and carers.

Young people with mental health difficulties can find themselves outsiders, subject to stigma and to being ‘othered’ by their peers, as well as by adults and the services in their lives.

View our infographic which includes facts and tips about young people and mental health stigma:

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