Teenage Taboo

It goes without saying that over the past few decades there has been a huge increase in mental health problems amongst young people- like depression and anxiety. Mental health is an issue which I feel hugely passionate about, yet I was hesitant to blog about it. Why? Because it’s a taboo.

There is an incredible stigma attached to mental health issues. You could argue a hundred reasons why this is. But I don’t particularly want to advertise the reasons to keep ‘such matters’ a secret. It doesn’t help anyone, especially the vulnerable and often frightened young people dealing with mental health issues day to day. I would like to talk about this in a subjective way, but I am struggling to. You’d be surprised by how many people have experience of mental health problems- why don’t you know that? Because we don’t talk about it.  

There are a lot of organisations (which I will link at the end) which are there to help both young people and their families/friends to support them. These are brilliant and can actually save lives- which is amazing. But one thing that I feel should be more thoroughly addressed is our society’s attitude towards young people with mental health issues.

Young people need a higher level of empathy and understanding. By making mental health issues ‘hush hush’, it turns them into big scary monsters which feel impossible to tackle as a young person. The more we normalise them, the easier it will be for young people to learn how to cope with mental health issues and hopefully overcome them. 

Let’s start talking about it. Banish the taboo.

Some useful sites:

http://www.samaritans.org/

http://right-here-brightonandhove.org.uk/

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/

http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/youngpeople

http://www.rethink.org/living-with-mental-illness/young-people

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2 thoughts on “Teenage Taboo

  1. I couldn’t agree more and think that teens should be allowed to have more freedom and be less wrapped up in cotton wool.
    My twin teen daughters drive me insane sometimes, but it’s all part of growing up and learning from their mistakes.
    I also volunteer for a UK charity mentoring teenagers and find that listening to my students is the best gift of all.

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