Mental Health in Manchester’s Youth

Possibly one of the most rapidly-increasing and concerning issues in modern day society… mental health in young people.

ONE in FIVE young adolescents has a diagnosable mental health issue.

Nearly 80,000 children and young adults suffer from SEVERE DEPRESSION.

195,000 young people have an ANXIETY disorder.

The number of young people admitted to HOSPITAL for DELIBERATE SELF HARM has increased by 68% over the past TEN years.

 

 

One area with a much higher rate of mental illness compared to the rest of England is Manchester. The highest rate of self harm cases in Manchester were in 15-19 year old females. In 2010-2011 , 7,334 young people were admitted to A&E for self harm; 49% of those were admitted for treatment…THIS FIGURE IS STILL RISING, WE NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE.

I decided to do some research around the Manchester area surrounding mental wellbeing of young people.

 

I interviewed Megan Oliver, an 18-year-old girl from Manchester. Megan has suffered with depression, anxiety, self-harm, bulimia and panic disorder throughout her childhood. I spoke to her about her personal experiences growing up with mental health issues.

 

 

We need to ABOLISH THE IGNORANCE and REMOVE THE STIGMA SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH.

 

Unrealistic representations of people on social media has been one of the largest instigators for mental health issues. Young men and women find themselves comparing themselves to photoshopped and edited pictures of celebrities that are plastered online.

 

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If you feel like you have no way out, you are not alone. There are so many people there for you. In this day and age, many people find talking about mental health problems scary, but the availability of help is also a problem- money, waiting lists and also the daunting thought of having to open up. Many online organisations based in Manchester have set up websites aiming to help people from the comfort of their own homes…

 

As an area, Manchester offers a large amount of services that are available to young people who may be struggling with a mental illness:

I know this post is a little different, i just believe that if we could all take one little step to push this message, we really could make a difference.


*ALL PHOTOS ARE MY OWN*

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