Survey finds young people are not likely to talk about mental health

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21st November 2016 16:24 - Health

Survey finds young people are not likely to talk about mental health: According to a recent mental health survey by See Me - a new campaign which hopes to combat the stigma surrounding mental health, which prevents young people from speaking out – 37 per cent of youngsters aged between 15 and 25 would tell someone if they were struggling to cope with their mental health. In contrast, 78 per cent said that they would tell someone if they were suffering from a physical illness.Survey finds young people are not likely to talk about mental health

The survey also revealed that young people felt that adults did not take them seriously when they spoke out about having concerns about their mental health.

The respondents were asked about how they manage their negative feeling and thoughts and just 21 per cent said that they would confide in someone who supports them. A further 46 per cent said that they would rather be alone to cope and 50 per cent said that they would cope with negative thoughts and feelings by crying.

A separate survey of Scottish adults who care for at least one young person, revealed that 83 per cent would feel confident speaking to a young person about mental health and a further 76 per cent said that they would be confident knowing where to look for help and advice on mental health.

Programme manager at See Me, Lisa Cohen, claimed that although young people do not believe that adults take them seriously when discussing mental health, they should be able to talk openly about anything that they are going through without feeling guilty.

Cohen suggested that everyone who is involved in a young person’s life should be confident to have conversations about mental health and support them with the steps they need to take to feel better.

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