In the UK, 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem. Shockingly, out of every 10 of those youngsters, 9 will experience negative reactions from others because of their diagnosis; such reactions include friends avoiding them, rumours circulating through their peer group and misunderstandings as to the ramifications of their condition.
When it comes to fighting stigma, prejudice and ignorance, openness and a willingness to talk about mental health issues is often cited as the best approach. And it is. But it’s essential to be aware of the caveat there will always be people who remain resistant to changing their worldview. An acceptance of this fact is crucial; when you encounter individuals that fit in to this category…..move on!
Here are 5 young people talking about their experience of mental illness and how this process of opening up to others has been very positive: