So the survey is out from Girl Guiding here in the UK, and the results are absolutely astonishing. They have found that almost half of girls here in the UK have suffered with a mental health problem (you can read the published survey here). I can’t put into words how I feel about the results (bad and good!), as mental health is a topic that really needs to be heard. It effects each and every one of us, and young people are at the forefront of it. As stated in the survey, well-being worries start as young as the age of seven years old. Self-harm, according to the survey, is the top concern of girls ages between 11 to 21. However, there are young people who are making a positive difference in their communities, and speaking out about issues.
Within our digital age, where comparing ourselves to lives online is extremely easy to do, and hard to get away from- young people are at their most impressionable and most vulnerable. Growing up and being a teenager comes with it’s trials and tribulations- but when social media is at our fingertips, how do we stay mentally well?
This survey has raised awareness about mental health in young people, we need to better equip young girls as well as guys to understand their own mental health and those around them. Growing up is tough, and our mental health is just as fragile too.
I have a profound respect for all the Girl Guiding groups, as I used to volunteer at my local group for a year during college- the passion and love that these people have is above and beyond. We need to talk more about mental health, for ourselves and future generations. Let’s change #GirlAttitudes.