1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem each year. For young people who have a mental health problem, their their experience at school can have a big impact. Because young people may be talking or thinking about mental health for the first time, the way their classmates and teachers approach the issue is really important. These blogs explore what it's like to have a mental health problem as a young person, and how teachers and classmates can make a difference. 

Support and understanding from mental health bloggers changed my life

February 9, 2017

When I started my blog back in 2014 as a young and unwise lass to the world of mental health, I never thought for one second that this fashion and beauty blog that I created one rainy, cold May afternoon would quite frankly change my life forever. I never thought for one second that my little space of the internet where I talked about all things beauty and fashion could one-day change so dramatically. 

Too many people are faced with rejection when they open up

February 6, 2017

When I was officially diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at the tender age of 15, I recall feeling an overwhelming sense of isolation. I felt embarrassed and anxious about what people would think of me if they found out I was ‘crazy’. I had struggled to be taken seriously before my diagnosis. “You’ll grow out of it” and “it’s just teenage hormones” were phrases I received regularly, even by health ‘professionals’.

One conversation about mental health had a big impact on me

January 23, 2017

Head Girl. High achiever. Destined for Oxford.

These were all labels that were attached to my student identity by my (highly academic, all-girls) school in the autumn of 2015.

What the school didn't know? That I was experiencing extreme depression and anxiety.

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