Equality News Update: Shropshire Star: Thousands of young people fear judgment of talking about mental health – report

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More than 5,000 responses were made to See Me Scotland’s Feels FM campaign, which found youngsters worry they will not be listened to.

Thousands of young people across Scotland fear discussing their mental health will result in judgment or rejection, according to a new study.

More than 5,000 responses were made to See Me Scotland’s Feels FM campaign, which also found youngsters worry they will not be listened to or taken seriously.

The responses came from those aged 12-26, while hundreds of Feels FM activities have been held by schools and youth groups for children aged eight and over.

A commitment has now been made by the Scottish Government to ensure reducing such stigma, creating environments where young people can trust adults, and giving more tools to help them describe how they feel.

See Me director Calum Irving said: “We want a stigma-free childhood for all of Scotland’s young people.

“So we are delighted to see the Scottish Government making this commitment today to ensure that reducing stigma is at the core of everything they do.

“This means creating environments where young people can have open and honest conversations, with people they trust, who won’t treat them unfairly.”

Sally Nimmo, from Stonehouse in South Lanarkshire, first struggled with mental health when starting university and found it difficult to talk about.

The 24-year-old has applied to go back to university and admitted there are still challenges despite an improvement in how people react.

She said: “I didn’t really know what was happening to me so couldn’t talk about it. I hadn’t really heard about depression and anxiety, I just knew I didn’t feel good and it led to me dropping out of university.

“After that, I started to work. I faced a lot of stigma and discrimination there which was really challenging.

 

Read more at: https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2019/06/13/thousands-of-young-people-fear-judgment-of-talking-about-mental-health-report/

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